New PDF release: Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short

By Jennifer T. Roberts

ISBN-10: 0199575991

ISBN-13: 9780199575992

Hailed via Cicero as "the father of history," Herodotus used to be either a severe philosopher and a full of life storyteller, a visitor who was once either vacationer and anthropologist. Like Homer, he got down to memorialize nice deeds in phrases, specifically, the wars among Greece and Persia. In his arms, the Greeks' unforeseeable defeat of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes with their tremendous hosts made for attention-grabbing storytelling.

Influenced by way of the paintings of the average scientists and philosophers of his personal and previous eras, Herodotus additionally introduced his literary skills to undergo on an unlimited, unruly mass of ancient info, abandoning him the longest paintings that had ever been written in Greek. This Very brief creation introduces readers to what little is understood of Herodotus's existence and discusses all facets of his paintings, together with his travels; his curiosity in seeing the realm and studying approximately non-Greek civilizations; the habitual subject matters of his paintings; his ideals in desires, oracles, and omens; the prominence of ladies in his paintings; and his account of the battles of the Persian Wars.

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In what way does the Anon. draw on Harpocration, Neocles, and Alexander? Much of the material in it can be assigned to one of these sources, since it is often stated explicitly where a particular piece of information comes from. Yet it is unlikely that the handbook as we have it is simply a compilation drawing on the three authors; Graeven (1891), pp. xii ff. plausibly argued that the Anon. 7 THE t opoi A N D TH E I R C ON T E XT In principle, the explicit references to sources in the Anon. put us in a position to contextualize the list of t opoi.

135. 2–18 (¼ fr. 123 Fortenbaugh). , text 2. See also Philippson (1929), Solmsen (1929b), Barnes (1985), 134–5. 19 It is possible that a contemporary of Theophrastus, the Democritean Nausiphanes of Teos (b. 360 bc; his fragments and testimonia are collected as DK62, vol. ii, pp. ), had an interest in Aristotelian rhetorical t opoi. He was the first teacher of Epicurus (cf. Pap. Herc. gai in scientific proofs (Philod. Rhet. cols. xxxviii f. Sudhaus). Unfortunately, the account in Philodemus is very compressed and hostile (Epicurus later disparaged his association with Nausiphanes).

3 and, following him, Angermann (1904), 55–9 are too speculative in their use of these texts. 7 Graeven’s proposal has, in my view too easily, been dismissed by Dilts– Kennedy (1997), pp. x f. I reproduce one of Graeven’s arguments (p. ’s treatment of ‘proof’, with which I shall be concerned later. In Anon. §§157–9 and the anonymous scholia on Hermog. , Rhet. Gr. vii. 762, three definitions are given of the ’ numZma, assigned to Neocles, ‘some people’, and Harpocration respectively. The Anon.

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