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Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the Reception of the Histories

By Jessica Priestley

In a sequence of literary experiences, Priestley explores many of the earliest historical responses to Herodotus' Histories in the course of the extant written checklist of the early and center Hellenistic interval. Responses to the Histories have been wealthy and sundry, and the variety of Hellenistic writers responding in numerous how you can Herodotus' paintings is partly a mirrored image of the Histories'own wide scope. The Histories remained proper during this later age and endured to talk meaningfully to a wide variety of readers lengthy after Herodotus' death.
Herodotus and Hellenistic tradition explores various discourses the place Herodotus occupies a massive position within the highbrow heritage, and, particularly, it attracts awareness to writers now not frequently classified as historians as a way to expand our views on Herodotus' cultural significance. via discussions of up to date discourse with regards to, for example, the Persian Wars, geography, the wondrous, aesthetics, literary kind, and biography, it nuances our knowing of the way historic readers reacted to and appropriated the Histories to serve their very own special rhetorical pursuits. the quantity additionally contributes to scholarship that reappraises the very time period 'Hellenistic', drawing realization to either diachronic continuities and synchronic diversity.

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18). Lloyd’s warning, that ‘the absence of a declare to post-mortem can't be taken to intend that there has been none’, is naturally appropriate, besides the fact that. forty seven The testimony that Herodotus died at Thurii is of specific curiosity, simply because this can be one of many clearest instances of competing traditions in Herodotus’ biography. The Suda (s. v. ‘Herodotus’) offers facts of 2 traditions: that he died at Thurii and was once buried within the agora there,48 yet that ‘some say’ he died at Pella. There turns out to were a 3rd culture additionally, that his tomb used to be in Athens, in addition to the tomb of Thucydides, within the comparable zone that Cimon and Cimon’s relatives have been buried (Marcellinus, lifetime of Thucydides 17). In reference to the culture of Herodotus’ burial at Thurii, there's an extant epitaphic epigram for the historian. it's quoted by way of (431+53=484). For extra on biographical traditions concerning the date of Herodotus’ start and the way the several dates have been most likely calculated through the traditional biographers, see Asheri et al. (2007), five, with accompanying notes. forty six Aristotle’s testimony (Rhet. 1409a27) exhibits that the variation used to be already in flow as low as 100 years after Herodotus wrote the Histories (and it's going to be remembered that ¨ïıæßïı (‘of Thurii’) might have been the one studying recognized at that stage). Strabo (Geography, 14. 2. sixteen) files that Herodotus, although from Halicarnassus, used to be ‘later’ (oóôåæïí) known as Thurian because of having participated within the payment there. forty seven Lloyd (1995), 274. forty eight there isn't any clue as to place in Stephanus’ epitaphic epigram (s. v. ¨ïýæØïØ). Jacoby (1913, 214) dismisses the recommendation of a burial within the agora, yet there's in reality proof for this in designated circumstances. within the Classical interval intramural burials, and particularly burials within the agora, have been often reserved for urban founders and heroes, yet honours may be prolonged to writers, athletes, legislators, and voters who had died for his or her fatherland: see Martin (1951), 197–201, Malkin (1987), 200–3, and Hornblower (1996), 450 (on Thuc. five. eleven. 1). Gimadejev (1986) discusses the potential of a hero cult for Herodotus at Thurii. 30 Herodotus and Hellenistic tradition Herodian (second century advert) and Stephanus of Byzantium (fifth/ 6th century advert) as proof that ‘Thurion’ (¨ïýæØïí) existed as a variation spelling for the city’s ordinary spelling, ‘Thurii’ (¨ïýæØïØ), and via a scholiast to Tzetzes’ Chiliades, as facts for the identify of Herodotus’ father49: œ ˙æüäïôïí ¸ýîåø ŒæýðôåØ ŒüíØò läå ŁÆíüíôÆ‚ šÉ Üäïò IæåÆßÅò ƒóôïæßÅò ðæýôÆíØí‚ ˜øæßäïò okayœ ðÜôæÅò âºÆóôüíô’· IóôHí ªaæ ¼ôºÅôïí50 ìHìïí •ðåŒðæïçıªgí ¨ïýæØïí Šóåå ðÜôæÅí. ‘This airborne dirt and dust covers the lifeless Herodotus, son of Lyxes, the lord of Ionian historic background, who flourished in exile from51 his Dorian fatherland; for having fled from the unbearable feedback of its electorate he had Thurion52 as his place of origin. ’ Steph. Byz. Ethnica (s. v. ¨ïýæØïØ) = web page (1981), anon. CLIV even supposing Herodotus’ paintings is often called ‘ancient history’, this doesn't inevitably indicate that it used to be composed many years after forty nine The scholiast (ad Tzetzes, Chiliades 1.

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