The past is narrated in retrospect. Historians can either capitalize on the benefit of hindsight and give their narratives a strongly teleological design or they may try to render the past as it was experienced by historical agents and contemporaries. This book explores the fundamental tension between experience and teleology in major works of Greek and Roman historiography, biography and autobiography. The combination of theoretical reflections with close readings yields a new, often surprising assessment of the history of ancient historiography as well as a deeper understanding of such authors as Thucydides, Tacitus and Augustine. While much recent work has focused on how ancient historians use emplotment to generate historical meaning, Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography offers a new approach to narrative form as a mode of coming to grips with time.
In this bold book, Jonas Grethlein proposes a new dialogue between the fields of Classics and aesthetics. Ancient material, he argues, has the capacity to challenge and re-orientate current debates. Comparisons with modern art and literature help to balance the historicism of classical scholarship with transcultural theoretical critique. Grethlein discusses ancient narratives and pictures in order to explore the nature of aesthetic experience. While our responses to both narratives and pictures are vicarious, the 'as-if' on which they are premised is specifically shaped by the form of the representation. Form emerges as a key to how narratives and pictures constitute an important means of engaging with experience. Combining theoretical reflections with close readings, this book will appeal to art historians as well as to textual scholars.
This volume explores the intersection between historiography and related genres in antiquity, ranging from China to the Mediterranean. Contributors use a range of reading strategies to analyze the place of rhetoric, genre, and intertextuality in these important ancient narratives.
A common narrative device in historical writing in antiquity was the use of speeches delivered by a historical person, which the historian composed and rendered in direct speech. This work presents, for the first time, a comprehensive comparison of how the most important historians in antiquity used this device. The focus on the historians speeches is less on their fictionality but on their different functions as literary technique. The essays in this volume explore how the speeches were used to characterize the speaker and other historical persons and to describe historical events from multiple perspectives. "
The Experience of History is a lively and passionate introduction to the field that encourages students to seek and appreciate history inside the classroom and beyond. This work: Defines history as a discipline and the role of historians within it Addresses the analytical and critical thinking skills needed to engage with the past Discusses a variety of important topics in the study of history, such as historical evidence, primary documents, divisions of history, forms of historical writing, historiographical traditions, and recent categories of historical research Written by a renowned scholar of European history, this work helps students to become discerning examiners of history and historical evidence in a variety of modern settings like art, architecture, film, television, politics, current events, and more. Learn more about the author and his passion for history in this interview with popular blog Five Books: http://fivebooks.com/interview/ken-bartlett-renaissance-books/.
Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Classical Archaeology Boston August 23 26 2003
This volume contains over 150 papers presented at the Classical Congress held in Boston, Massachussetts in August 2003. CONTENTS: Contents include: "Creative Mischief": Harold E. Edgerton's Instrumental Contributions to Maritime Archaeology (Claire Calcagno); Recent Work on the Eastern Hill of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace (Bonna Daix Wescoat); The Survival of the Fit: Observations on the Neo-Attic Maenads and Their Predecessors (Beryl Barr-Sharrar); Etruscan Women at Tarquinia: Skeletal Evidence for Tomb Use (Marshall Joseph Becker); Murals of the Villa of the Mysteries by Maria Barosso: Archaeology, Art, and Politics in the 1920s (Elaine K. Gazda); The Iconography of Gender: Dark Men and Light Women in Archaic Greek Painting (Mary Ann Eaverly); The Port of Sicilian Naxos and the Ancient Urban Landscape (David Blackman and Maria Costanza Lentini); Protecting Athena's Children: Amulets in Classical Athens (Alexis Q. Castor).
In recent years the study of the history of Ancient Israel has become very heated. This title looks into the appropriate methods for combining different sorts of evidence - archaeological, epigraphical, iconographical, as well as biblical.