Brill's Companion to the Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity by Leventis Postdoctoral Fellow Jessica Priestley, Vasiliki

By Leventis Postdoctoral Fellow Jessica Priestley, Vasiliki Zali

Brill's better half to the Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and past bargains new insights at the reception and cultural transmission of 1 of the main debatable and influential texts to have survived from Classical Antiquity. Herodotus’ Histories has been followed, tailored, imitated, contested, well known and criticized throughout various genres, old sessions, and geographical limitations. This spouse, edited via Jessica Priestley and Vasiliki Zali, examines the reception of Herodotus in a number cultural contexts, from the 5th century BC to the 20 th century advert. The essays think about key subject matters similar to Herodotus' position within the Western historiographical culture, translation of and scholarly engagement with the Histories, and using the Histories as a version for describing and examining cultural and geographical fabric.

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10 The Greeks scatter at the news of 6 On Thucydides’ use of the Persian Wars, see briefly Munson (2012a) 241–4; cf. Tzifopoulos (1995). 1: τῶν δὲ πρότερον ἔργων μέγιστον ἐπράχθη τὸ Μηδικόν, καὶ τοῦτο ὅμως δυοῖν ναυμαχίαιν καὶ πεζομαχίαιν ταχεῖαν τὴν κρίσιν ἔσχεν. τούτου δὲ τοῦ πολέμου μῆκός τε μέγα προύβη, παθήματά τε ξυνηνέθχη γενέσθαι ἐν αὐτῷ τῇ Ἑλλάδι οἷα οὐχέτερα ἐν ἴσῳ χρόνῳ. 8 Cf. 19: ἀκραιφνοῦς τῆς ξυμμαχίας “when their alliance was intact”. g. 6), does not change the fact that he saw the Persian Wars as a united Greek fight.

This phenomenon—variously explained by scholars—is still one of the most important problems regarding the ‘unity’ of Herodotus’ Histories and therefore the unity of his intellectual project. 8 To me, these questions still seem fundamental. What is more, as I will try to argue, it is precisely on this compositional level that we are likely to find the earliest traces of Herodotus’ reception in antiquity. The main reason why I think that the aforementioned compositional problems in Herodotus are likely to give us a glimpse into Herodotus’ early reception is simple.

3 (cf. also F 9 W2 (= 12 G-P)); Theogn. 823–24 (cf. also 39–40). Cf. still in Plato Resp. 568E-569A and Xen. Cyr. 45. 13 Recently see Raaflaub (2002b). In general, cf. above, n. 10. Herodotus in Thucydides: A Hypothesis 23 the final episodes narrated in the Histories and precisely at the moment when Herodotus’ book found its way to its public. It is important to stress at this juncture that, when asking the question whether this overall “meaningful structure” of the Histories affected its earliest reception by Herodotus’ contemporary or nearly contemporary audience, we must take leave of an important current of earlier Herodotean scholarship; a current which is still influential nonetheless in the changing methodological landscape of more recent studies in the field of ancient historiography.

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