Traces of the Past: Classics Between History and Archaeology (Hardback)Karen Bassi (author)
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Aimed at classicists, literary scholars, ancient historians, culturalhistorians, and archaeological theorists, the book combines threeareas of research: time as a feature of narrative structure in literarytheory; the concept of "the past itself" in the philosophy of history;and the ontological status of material objects in archaeological theory.Each of five central chapters explores how specific protoarchaeologicalnarratives-from the fate of Zeus' stone in Hesiod's Theogony to thecontest between words and objects in Aristophanes' Frogs-bothexpose and attempt to bridge this gap. Throughout, the book serves asa response to Herodotus' task in writing the Histories, namely, to ensurethat "the past deeds of men do not fade with time."
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 277
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
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