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Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine

Grethlein, Jonas

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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.

Item Type: Book
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 06:56
Date: 1 October 2013
ISBN: 9781107040281
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Seminar für klassische Philologie
Subjects: 800 Literature and rhetoric
880 Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
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