Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the by Jessica Priestley

By Jessica Priestley

In a chain of literary reports, Priestley explores a number of the earliest historical responses to Herodotus' Histories throughout 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 several how one can Herodotus' paintings is partially a mirrored image of the Histories'own extensive scope. The Histories remained appropriate during this later age and endured to talk meaningfully to a vast diversity of readers lengthy after Herodotus' death.
Herodotus and Hellenistic tradition explores numerous discourses the place Herodotus occupies a tremendous position within the highbrow heritage, and, particularly, it attracts awareness to writers no longer frequently classified as historians so as to increase our views on Herodotus' cultural significance. via discussions of up to date discourse in terms of, for example, the Persian Wars, geography, the wondrous, aesthetics, literary type, and biography, it nuances our realizing of ways old readers reacted to and appropriated the Histories to serve their very own detailed rhetorical ambitions. the quantity additionally contributes to scholarship that reappraises the very time period 'Hellenistic', drawing awareness to either diachronic continuities and synchronic diversity.

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19 Clarke (2008), 364ff. 20 Chaniotis (1988), 364; 382–9; Clarke (2008), 344–67. 21 Schepens (2006), 100. Schepens draws on the study of Guarducci (1926). 22 On these public readings, see Chaniotis (2009), 259–62. 23 The honorific inscriptions for historians are collected in Chaniotis (1988), 290–326. For discussion, see: Chaniotis (1988), 362–5, 379–82; Clarke (2008), 338–54. 24 See, for example, Hunter & Rutherford (2009). 26 Inscriptional evidence indicates that the phenomenon became much more widespread during the Hellenistic period, however, when readings were given not just at the big sanctuaries, but also in small cities.

There were other claims connecting Herodotus with the island also. The early Hellenistic historian Duris of Samos (born c. v. ‘Panyasis’) (= Duris FGrH 76 F 64): ˜ïFæØò äb ˜ØÝïıò ôå ðÆEäÆ IíݪæÆłå ŒÆd ÓÜìØïí, ›ìïßøò äb ŒÆd {‘˙æüäïôïò ¨ïýæØïí. , œ ˙æüäïôïí Wesseling (1758), œ ˙æüäïôïí <ôeí> ¨ïýæØïí Krausse (1891), Jacoby (1913). ’37 *‘and in the same way too he wrote that Herodotus was Thurian’38: correction suggested by Wesseling (1758); ‘and in the same way too he wrote that Herodotus the Thurian was from Samos’: correction suggested by Krausse (1891) and Jacoby (1913).

For discussion, see Page (1981), 475. 51 For this meaning of KŒ, see LSJ A I 5 (with Od. 272). I believe that this translation is encouraged (rather than, say, ‘sprouted from his Dorian homesoil’) both by the explanatory ªÜæ which follows, and by the (corrupt) textual transmissions ˜øæßäïò KŒ ðÜôæÅò âºÆóôüíô’ ¼ðï (on the corruptions and possible emendations in line 3, see Page (1981), 474–5). If KŒ is being used in this uncommon sense, this would help to account for the textual difficulties in the line.

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