Historiae Mundi: Studies in Universal History

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A&C Black, Nov 20, 2013 - History - 256 pages
"Universal History" is a type of history that attempts to explain the world beyond the immediate surroundings of the author. It reflects a desire to synthesise the mass of written and oral knowledge about the past and to introduce a systematic interpretation. The purpose of this collection is to re-examine the notion of Universal Historiography with a focus on its appearance in the Greek and Roman world and on the legacy that ancient authors offered to later generations. Fifteen new essays by a diverse set of international scholars tackle questions of definition, and illustrate the diversity of its forms, structures, themes and analyses. The collection explores the historical and intellectual contexts which gave rise to universalist thought, and its reputation and reception in antiquity and beyond. This book will appeal to those interested in Graeco-Roman historiography, and those with an interest in the Arabic, Early Christian and modern reception of ancient historiography.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Metabole Politeion as Universal Historiography
15
2 Polybius and the First Universal History
30
3 Diodorus Reading of Polybius Universalism
41
4 Diodorus Good Statesman and State Revenue
56
5 Strabo and the Development of Ancient Greek Universal Historiography
71
6 The Glory of Italy and Romes Universal Destiny in Strabos Geographika
87
7 Universal History and the Early Roman Historians
102
Contextualising the Genre
131
the Case of the Annales
148
11 Theology versus Genre? The Universalism of Christian Historiography in Late Antiquity
162
12 Orosius and Escaping from the Dance of Doom
176
13 A Rose in the Desert? Late Antique and Early Byzantine Chronicles and the Formation of Islamic Universal Historiography
189
14 Universal Historiography and World History according to Hegel
207
15 Spengler the Modern West and Roman Decline
221
Index
239

Carthage versus Rome
116

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Contributors: Errietta Bissa (University of Wales, Lampeter); Tim Cornell (University of Manchester); Allegra de Laurentiis (State University of New York at Stony Brook); Marco Di Branco (University of Basilicata); Jackie Elliott (University of Colorado at Boulder); Johannes Engels (University of Cologne), John Farrenkopf (Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina), Andrew Fear (University of Manchester); Marta Garcia Morcillo (University of Leicester); Francois Hartog (Aecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris); Peter Liddel (University of Manchester); Clemence Schultze (University of Durham); Brian Sheridan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Peter Van Nuffelen (University of Exeter); Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, City University of New York).

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