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What is history and how should it be written? This important new anthology, translated and edited by Professor John Marincola, contains all the seminal texts that relate to the writing of history in the ancient world.

The study of history was invented in the classical world. Treading uncharted waters, writers such as Plutarch and Lucian grappled with big questions such as how history should be written, how it differs from poetry and oratory, and what its purpose really is. This book includes complete essays by Dionysius, Plutarch and Lucian, as well as shorter pieces by Pliny the Younger, Cicero and others, and will be an essential resource for anyone studying history and the ancient world.

Runner-up in the 13th Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature.

"an excellent tool for the study of ancient historiography at all levels, and it is bound to become a standard point of reference in the future" Bryn Mawr Classical Review



What is history and how should it be written? This important new anthology contains all the seminal texts that relate to the writing of history in the ancient world.

About the Author

John Marincola (Translator)
John Marincola was born in Philadelphia in 1954, and was educated at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown University. He has taught at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, and at Union College in New York, and is currently an Associate Professor of Classics at New York University. From 1997 to 1999 he was Executive Director of the American Philological Association, and in 1999-2000 he was a Junior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997), Greek Historians (Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics 31, Oxford, 2001), and of several articles on the Greek and Roman historians.



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an excellent tool for the study of ancient historiography at all levels, and it is bound to become a standard point of reference in the future -- Lisa Irene Hau * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *



Book Information
ISBN 9780141393575
Author John Marincola
Format Paperback
Page Count 672
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Weight(grams) 458g
Dimensions(mm) 198mm * 129mm * 28mm

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