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Why did human beings first begin to write history? Lisa Irene Hau argues that a driving force among Greek historians was the desire to use the past to teach lessons about the present and for the future. She uncovers the moral messages of the ancient Greek writers of history and the techniques they used to bring them across. Hau also shows how moral didacticism was an integral part of the writing of history from its inception in the 5th century BC, how it developed over the next 500 years in parallel with the development of historiography as a genre and how the moral messages on display remained surprisingly stable across this period. For the ancient Greek historiographers, moral didacticism was a way of making sense of the past and making it relevant to the present; but this does not mean that they falsified events: truth and morality were compatible and synergistic ends.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Hellenistic Historiography
  1. 1. Polybius
  2. pp. 23-72
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  1. 2. Diodorus Siculus
  2. pp. 73-123
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  1. 3. Fragmentary Hellenistic Historiography
  2. pp. 124-168
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  1. Part II: Classical Historiography
  1. Introduction to Part II
  2. p. 168
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  1. 4. Herodotus
  2. pp. 172-193
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  1. 5. Thucydides
  2. pp. 194-215
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  1. 6. Xenophon, Hellenica
  2. pp. 216-244
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  1. 7. Fragmentary Classical Historiography
  2. pp. 245-271
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 272-277
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 278-298
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  1. Index of Citations
  2. pp. 299-306
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 307-312
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781474433181
Related ISBN
9781474411073
MARC Record
OCLC
1103694426
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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