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Author Hau, Lisa Irene, author.

Title Moral history from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus / Lisa Irene Hau.

Publication Info. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 312 pages)
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Classicists lcdgt
Classics teachers lcdgt
University and college faculty members lcdgt
Scots lcdgt
Women lcdgt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-298) and indexes.
Contents Hellenistic historiography. Polybius ; Diodorus Siculus ; Fragmentary Hellenistic historiography -- Classical historiography. Herodotus ; Thucydides ; Xenophon, Hellenica -- Fragmentary classical historiography.
Summary Why did human beings first begin to write history? Lisa Hau argues that a driving force among Greek historians was the desire to use the past to teach lessons about the present and for the future. She uncovers the moral messages of the ancient Greek writers of history and the techniques they used to bring them across. Hau also shows how moral didacticism was an integral part of the writing of history from its inception in the 5th century BC, how it developed over the next 500 years in parallel with the development of historiography as a genre and how the moral messages on display remained surprisingly stable across this period. For the ancient Greek historiographers, moral didacticism was a way of making sense of the past and making it relevant to the present; but this does not mean that they falsified events: truth and morality were compatible and synergistic ends.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Subject Historiography -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Greece.
Greece -- Moral conditions.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
Literary studies : classical, early and medieval.
Literary studies : general.
Literature and literary studies.
Literature : history and criticism.
Historiography -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst00958225
Moral conditions. (OCoLC)fst01026043
Greece. (OCoLC)fst01208380
Indexed Term Classics.
Early and Medieval.
Ancient History.
Literary Studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Hau, Lisa Irene. Moral history from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016] 9781474411073 (DLC) 2016429700 (OCoLC)946010106
ISBN 9781474411080 (electronic bk.)
1474411088 (electronic bk.)
9781474411097 (epub)

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