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Author Marincola, John.

Title Authority and tradition in ancient historiography / John Marincola.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 361 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315) and indexes.
Summary This book is a study of the various claims to authority made by the ancient Greek and Roman historians throughout their histories and is the first to examine all aspects of the historian's self-presentation. It shows how each historian claimed veracity by imitating, modifying, and manipulating the traditions established by his predecessors. Beginning with a discussion of the tension between individuality and imitation, it then categorises and analyses the recurring topoi used to establish the historian's authority: how he came to write history; the qualifications he brought to the task; the inquiries and efforts he made in his research; and his claims to possess a reliable character. By detailing how each historian used the tradition to claim and maintain his own authority, the book contributes to a better understanding of the complex nature of ancient historiography.
Contents The scope and subject of the book -- Authority -- Tradition -- History's place and audience -- The greatness of the subject -- Decisions and dreams -- Dedications and the desires of friends -- Glory and renown -- Eyes, ears and contemporary history -- Closed societies and privileged access -- Improving the past -- Myth and history -- The importance of character -- Experience -- Effort -- Impartiality -- Praise and self-praise -- Person and perspective -- Strategies of self-presentation -- The uses of polemic -- Polemic and self-definition -- Continuity and culmination -- App. I. Table of historians -- App. II. Name and nationality -- App. III. Isocrates on autopsy and inquiry? -- App. IV. Variant versions.
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Subject History, Ancient -- Historiography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Marincola, John. Authority and tradition in ancient historiography. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997 0521480191 (DLC) 96018630 (OCoLC)34704951
ISBN 0511002297 (electronic bk.)
9780511002298 (electronic bk.)
9780521480192 (hbk.)
0521480191 (hbk.)
0521480191 (hbk.)