Christine_Kim_-_Class_Notes_for_October_1 - Christine Kim...

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Christine Kim Literature Humanities Notes Monday, October 01, 2007 Herodotus, The Histories - Background Herodotus “father of history” An attempt to “prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time” (at the beginning of the book) One of the first attempts to record the history Hard to date events that are too long ago: possible from about B.C. 490 Greeks: not yet political category. More of cultural/linguistic distinction Herodotus from Halicarnassus (multicultural, multilingual city) He may not be considered Greek - Is it appropriate to put this book in Lit. Hum. Curriculum? Connection to Homeric poems Putting the literature in context The way Homeric poem was treated then similar to the way The Histories is treated today The book has both literary and historic elements. Literary – storytelling elements Humorous and rather sensational stories: Herodotus seems to want readers enjoy his text Historic – many presented facts are true, verified
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