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The Greeks and their Past: Poetry, Oratory and History in the Fifth Century BCE (Hardback)
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The Greeks and their Past: Poetry, Oratory and History in the Fifth Century BCE (Hardback)

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Hardback 364 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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Ancient Greeks remembered their past before the rise of historiography and after it poetry and oratory continued to serve commemorative functions. This book explores the field of literary memory in the fifth century BCE, juxtaposing the works of Herodotus and Thucydides with samples from epinician poetry, elegy, tragedy and oratory. Various socio-political contexts and narrative forms lent themselves to the expression of diverse attitudes towards the past. At the same time, a common gravitational centre can be observed which is distinct from modern ideas of history. As well as presenting a broad overview on memory in various genres, Professor Grethlein sheds new light on the rise of Greek historiography. He views Herodotus and Thucydides against the background of memory in poetry and oratory and thereby elucidates the tension between tradition and continuity in which the shaping of historiography as a genre took place.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521110778
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Grethlein has written a remarkably broad, erudite, and often original study.' Victor Bers, American Journal of Philology
'This is an ambitious, lucid, well-researched and well-organized book ... [It] provides a stimulating argument and one based on much careful analysis of ancient texts and knowledge of the extensive relevant modern scholarship ... One looks forward for more from Jonas Grethlein in the future on these and similar challenging topics.' Carolyn Dewald, Classical Journal
'... a valuable read on Hellenic memory as ideological tool.' Donald Lateiner, The Historian

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