5-9-11 - Herodotus Cyrus the Great History When does the...

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Herodotus Cyrus the Great
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History When does the writing of history begin? - Homer? Hesiod? Archilocus? - Hecataeus of Miletus (c.550-c.470s); skepticism of oral history, geographically organized history - Simonides and his account of the Persian War? - Herodotus: women and men, not linear structure, invention of dialogue, - Thucydides—reacts against Herodotus - Xenophon—a third style Rejection of Myths, promotion of 'true' or
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Herodotus From Halicarnassus, in Caria (~480s/490s- ~420s?) Lived in Halicarnassus. Athens? Thurii in Southern Italy? Father of History or Father of Lies? - Possible inventor of the genre Personal experience, second-hand accounts, hearsay, documents
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The point of this history (41) - The Persian Wars—why and what happened? Adaptation of Homer (41) - But a 'de-mythologized' version - Plays into his political version of the past The conflict between Lydia and Persia (43) - How does this impinge on Greek history? -
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