The Development of Greek Biography

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 143 pages

Arnaldo Momigliano traces the growth of ancient biography from the fifth century to the first century B.C. He asks new questions about the origins and development of Greek biography, and makes full use of new evidence uncovered in recent decades from papyri and other sources. By clarifying the social and intellectual implication of the fact that the Greeks kept biography and autobiography distinct from historiography, he contributes to an understanding of a basic dichotomy in the Western tradition of historical writing.

The Development of Greek Biography is fully annotated, and includes a bibliography designed to serve as an introduction to the study of biography in general.


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