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Title Greek notions of the past in the archaic and classical eras : history without historians / edited by John Marincola, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Calum Maciver.
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2012.
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Description xiv, 378 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series Edinburgh Leventis studies ; 6
Edinburgh Leventis studies ; 6.
Note "This volume brings together revised versions of papers originally presented at the sixth A.G. Leventis conference, 'History without historians: Greeks and their Past in the Archaic and Classical Era', which was held at the University of Edinburgh, 5-7 November 2009"--Preface.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction : a past without historians / John Marincola -- Homer and heroic history / Jonas Grethlein -- Hesiod on human history / Bruno Currie -- Helen and 'I' in early Greek lyric / Deborah Boedeker -- Stesichorus and Ibycus : plain tales from the Western front / Ewen Bowie -- Pindar and the reconstruciton of the past / Maria Pavlou -- Debating the past in Euripides' 'Troades' and 'Orestes' and in Sophocles' 'Electra' / Ruth Scodel -- Euripidean explainers / Allen Romano -- Old comedy and popular history / Jeffrey Henderson -- Attic heroes and the construction of the Athenian past in the fifth century / H. A. Shapiro -- Family time : temporality, gender and materiality in Ancient Greece / Lin Foxhall -- Common knowledge and the contestation of history in some fourth-century Athenian trials / Jon Hesk -- Plato and the stability of history / Kathryn A. Morgan -- Inscribing the past : remembering revolution at Athens / Julia L. Shear -- 'Remembering the ancient way of life' : primitivism in Greek sacrificial ritual / Emily Kearns -- The great kings of the fourth century and the Greek memory of the Persian past / Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones -- Commentary / Simon Goldhill, Suzanne Saïd and Christopher Pelling.
Summary "A wide examination of the ways in which the Greeks constructed, de-constructed, engaged with and relied on their pasts. This book looks at Greek notions and beliefs about the past as they are revealed in areas other than historical texts. A range of experts from diverse fields examine amongst other things, epic, didactic, lyric and epinician poetry, tragedy, comedy and philosophy in an attempt to tease out how the Greeks in the archaic and classical eras thought about, imagined and constructed their pasts. But it is not only literary texts that are studied here. Material culture, cult acts, inscriptions and monumental buildings are analysed to see what each of these can tell us about the relationship between past and present and about the important role that the past played for Greeks of all social classes"--Publisher's description,, p. [4] of dust jacket.
Subject Greece -- Historiography.
Related Names Marincola, John.
Llewellyn-Jones, Lloyd.
Maciver, Calum Alasdair.
Alternate Title History without historians
ISBN 9780748643967 (hbk.)
0748643966 (hbk.)
9780748654666 (epub.)
OCLC number 806201076