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The Companion to Herodotus


Herodotus' Histories is the first major surviving prose work from antiquity. Its range of interests is immense, covering the whole of the known world and much beyond, and it culminates in a detailed account of the Persian Wars of the early fifth century BC. Moreover, recent research has shown that Herodotus is a sophisticated and at times even ironic narrator, and a pioneer and serious practitioner of historical research at a time when the Greeks' traditions about their past were still the fluid transmissions and memories of a largely oral society. This Companion provides a series of up-to-date and accessible chapters, written by distinguished scholars, illuminating many aspects of Herodotus' work: his skill in language and his narrative art; his intellectual preconceptions; his working methods and techniques; his attitude towards nature and the gods; his attitude towards foreign cultures and peoples; and his view of human life and human history.


Table of Contents

Introduction Carolyn Dewald and John Marincola
1. Herodotus and the poetry of the past John Marincola
2. Herodotus and his prose predecessors Robert Fowler
3. Herodotus and tragedy Jasper Griffin
4. The intellectual milieu of Herodotus Rosalind Thomas
5. Meta-historiê: method and genre in the Histories Nino Luraghi
6. The syntax of historiê: how Herodotus writes Egbert Bakker
7. Speech and narrative in the Histories Christopher Pelling
8. Herodotus, Sophocles and the woman who wanted her brother saved Carolyn Dewald and Rachel Kitzinger
9. Stories and story-telling in the Histories Alan Griffiths
10. Humour and danger in Herodotus Carolyn Dewald
11. Location and dislocation in Herodotus Rachel Friedman
12. Herodotus and the natural world James Romm
13. Herodotus and Greek religion Scott Scullion
14. Warfare in Herodotus Lawrence Tritle
15. Herodotus, political history and political thought Sara Forsdyke
16. Herodotus and the cities of mainland Greece Philip Stadter
17. Herodotus and Italy Rosaria Munson
18. Herodotus and Persia Michael Flower
19. Herodotus and foreign lands Tim Rood
20. Herodotus' influence in antiquity Simon Hornblower

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