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Herodotus and Greek History (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By John Hart


326 pages

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Herodotus has shaped our knowledge of life, religion, war and politics in ancient Greece immeasurably, as well as being one of the most entertaining of all Classical Greek authors: fascinating, perceptive, accessible and not at all pretentious.

Herodotus and Greek History, first published in 1982, examines the themes and preoccupations which form the basis for Herodotus’ style of history. The Athenian nobility, important protagonists in the context of what we know of his sources; the human and divine forces, which Herodotus understood as influencing the course of history; and the concepts of character and motivation are all discussed. Herodotus’ treatment of religious belief and oracles, politics and war, and his portrayal of certain prominent individuals are specifically investigated. The final chapter situates Herodotus in his historical context.

John Hart’s lucid, well-informed and lively discussion of Herodotus will be value to A-level candidates, school teachers, undergraduates, lecturers and curious non-classicists alike.

Table of Contents

Preface; Sources, Authorities and Abbreviations; Maps 1. The Athenian Nobility 2. Religious Beliefs, Fate and Oracles 3. Herodotus on Politics and Politicians 4. On War, Causes of War and Men in War 5. Some Herodotean Personalities 6. Herodotus – The Man in his Time; Appendix One: Herodotus and the Ionians; Appendix Two: Scepticism and Delphi; Bibliography; Index of Names; Index of Selected Subject-matter; Index of Passages

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Ancient Languages (see also Latin)
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
HISTORY / Historiography