Ancient Greece Feb 27 Exam 2

Ancient Greece Feb 27 Exam 2 - Ancient Greece HERODOTUS Feb...

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Ancient Greece Feb 27 Exam 2 HERODOTUS First major prose author From Palacronasus (Asia Minor) First continuous work of written prose which survived in western civilization First person to write history whose work survives The beginning of Greek History HECATAEUS (550-476) o THE first Greek historian o His work does not survive entirely o Begins work (always very important): No invocation to the muses No mention of divine inspiration Emphasize on “I” “think” = what he reasons logically to be true “what I think is true” He will not accept ridiculous stories o Philosopher o Involved in the Ionian Revolt A politician o Skeptic about myth > traveled over the world Finds mythology illogical o Writes 1 st serious prose history o Distinguishes myth from history He says he only wants to talk about facts o Historian Uses sources, like Homer (a kind of history)
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Does accept some of the things that homer says o Wrote genealogy Tracing people’s family trees o Geography > described countries he has visited o Travel narrative o 1 st Greek to try and draw a map of the Aegean sea o Privatization of literature Works go into publication (on scrolls) People purchase, bring them home, and read them in private Atthidographers o Local historians of Attica or Athens o They are just focusing on Athens alone o Not interested in the wider world as a whole Roots in Ionian Rationalism Herodotus of Halicarnassus o Small city in Southern Ionia o Preface: 3 rd person objective Privacy of the author Historie = “research” in Greek Researches Things that you have seen for yourself Travels the world and talks to people Travels world and visits most places that he writes about o Reason for writing: to teach some kind of lesson Didactic 1. The events of human history may not fade with time
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2. Notable achievements of Greeks and foreigners may not lack their due fame Fame = kleos o Reserved for events and achievements of everybody
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course CC 31915 taught by Professor Beaulieu during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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