The Greek histories The sweeping history of Ancient Greece as told by its first chroniclers: Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch

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"The historians of Ancient Greece were pioneers of a new literary craft, and their work stands among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world and the foundation of a major discipline. This highly readable edition includes key selections from Herodotus--often called the "father of history"--Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch, whose biographies drew on primary sources since lost to history. It collects their most popular, and most widely taught, work in a single..., accessible volume. The stories included here chart the landmark events of Ancient Greece--the Persian War, Peloponnesian War, and the lives of Alexander the Great and Demetrius--and add up to a sweeping portrait of the Hellenic world. The Greek historians were also the first to explore the possibilities of their craft, introducing, at the very dawn of the field, the concept that historical writing is far more than a chronicle of past events. Taken together, the Greek histories draw attention to each author's emphasis on religion, leadership, character, and the lessons to be drawn from war. How, for instance, should readers interpret Herodotus's inclusion of speeches and dialogues, dreams, and oracles as part of the "factual" record? What did Thucydides understand about human nature that (as he said) stays constant throughout time? How did Plutarch frame historical biography as a form of portraiture, a means of depicting the moral qualities of the great? Thucydides and Xenophon were also contemporaries of the eras they wrote about--the original word "historie" meaning "inquiry"--so their work provides a vital eyewitness account of turbulent times"--

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New York : The Modern Library 2022.
2022 Modern Library edition
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Physical Description
xxxiii, 442 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors
Mary R. Lefkowitz, 1935- (editor), James S. Romm (translator), Carleton L. (Carleton Lewis) Brownson, 1866-1948 (-), Richard Crawley, 1840-1893, Pamela Mensch, 1956-, Bernadotte Perrin, Samuel Shirley, 1912-, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch
  • Introduction
  • Herodotus
  • Thucydides
  • Xenophon
  • Plutarch
  • Appendix
  • Glossary.
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