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By Andrew Erskine

ISBN-10: 1405131500

ISBN-13: 9781405131506

This Companion offers a finished creation to key themes within the research of historic history.

* Examines the sorts of proof, difficulties, ways, and significant issues within the research of historical background
* contains greater than forty essays, written via top foreign students
* strikes past the first concentrate on Greece and Rome with insurance of a number of the cultures in the historical Mediterranean
* attracts at the newest learn within the box
* offers a vital source for any scholar of historic background

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Thus it is extremely important for those who study the ancient world to understand the conventions and approaches of ancient historians. Even though the tradition of history-writing from Herodotus in the fifth century BC to Ammianus in the fourth century AD shows a range of different purposes and presumes a variety of different audiences, there is still a certain uniformity visible in the tradition, as later practitioners of the genre imitated and tried to surpass the earlier models that were acknowledged as definitive (Marincola 1997).

PART I Evidence A Companion to Ancient History Edited by Andrew Erskine © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-405-13150-6 CHAPTER TWO Historiography John Marincola 1 The Writing of History in Antiquity Despite the vast contributions made by archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics, the bulk of our knowledge of the ancient world comes from the narratives of ancient historians. Our ability to write the story of any particular time and place in antiquity depends in large part on whether some ancient historian has already done so.

5–6) He did not stop there. Concerned as he was with the elucidation of this process, he reckoned that the elucidation of its effects, on both ruled and rulers, was at least as important: . . and to the aforementioned actions one must add both an account of the policy of those in control – what it was after this and how they exercised their universal control, and also an account of the number and variety of the responses and opinions of the rest to and about the rulers. And beyond this one must also tell of the inclinations and pursuits which prevailed and took hold among the individual peoples in their private lives and in their public affairs, for it is evident that it will be clear from these things to those now living whether the dominion of the Romans is turning out to be something to be shunned or, rather, to be embraced, and to those of future generations whether their rule should be judged to have been worthy of praise and emulation or deserving of censure.

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