Past Perspectives: Studies in Greek and Roman Historical Writing

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CUP Archive, Jan 30, 1986 - History - 241 pages
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The ten papers that make up this volume were originally presented at a conference on 'The Greek and Roman Historians', held at the University of Leeds in 1983. Some of the articles investigate in detail the assumptions, prejudices and methods, which were brought to their works by writers as separate in time as Herodotus and Ammianus, as opposed in outlook as Thucydides and Dionysius, or as different in practical approach as Xenophon, Plutarch and Tacitus. Other papers, more wide-ranging in scope, examine respectively the validity of the traditions about early Rome, the function of historical writing in Rome of the second and first centuries BC, and the contemporary and later source material for the Caesarian tyrannicides. In an Epilogue the editors discuss the main themes that emerge from the collection.
 

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Contents

Thucydides and Hellanicus
19
Military engagements in Xenophons Hellenica
37
The formation of the historical tradition of early
67
Monuments and the Roman annalists
87
the memory of the Liberators
101
Dionysius of Halicarnassus and his audience
121
Tacitus conception of historical change
143
Plutarch and Roman politics
159
barbarians in Ammianus
189
Epilogue
203
Indexes
231
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A. J. Woodman is Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. He has written widely on Roman history, especially Tacitus, and co-edited, with R. H. Martin, Annals III and IV (1996 and 1989 respectively). He is currently preparing an edition of Agricola with Christine S. Kraus.

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