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Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (David S Potter) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780415088954


Title: Literary Texts and the Roman Historian

Author: Potter, David S

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415088954

Volumes: 1; Pages: 232

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This book explores literary texts of the Roman empire to offer a depiction of actual events and the ways in which these texts were created, disseminated and read. Just as the literary remains of the Roman empire are extraordinarily varied, so too are the approaches that historians have taken to them. David S. Potter examines the ongoing dialogue between modern historians and the ancient texts. Literary Texts and the Roman Historian provides a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Roman historiography.

Table of Contents

DEFINITIONS

Historia as Inquiry, Historia as Story

Truth and History

Some Rules

TEXTS

Sorting Things Out

Participant Evidence

Publication and Literary Fashion

Illustrative Evidence

Narrative

Reconstructing Fragmentary Authors

SCHOLARSHIP

Standards of Research

Historians and Records

Quellenforschung

Near Eastern Records of the Past and the Roman Imagination

Grammarians and Historians

The Physical Process

Conclusion

PRESENTATION

The Problem

Leopold Ranke

Objectivism and Relativism

Fact and Presentation: Lucian and Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Fact and Presentation: Cicero

Other Forms of Presentation

Verisimilitude

Conclusion

Epilogue The Discourse of Dominance?

Appendix: Classical Authors Discussed in the Text

Bibliography

Reviews

Reviews

"Potter has given us a well-organized, elegant exposition of the nature of Roman literary texts and the available methodologies for making historical sense of them. Powerful in both its range and its depth, this book should be of interest to historians in all fields."--Classical World

"This excellent book addresses the challenges confronting the modern student of ancient history and histriography... I recommend this book to everyone..."--Religious Studies Review

"Congratulations to David Potter for a book that imparts important information while posing and thoughtfully considering questions critical for all those interested in using ancient literary texts for historical purposes... [T]he end result is, in most instances, stimulating."--Thomas M. Banchich, Canisius College

"The work ... is distinguished by the depth and breadth of Potter's knowledge of the material, both ancient and modern, and by the power of intellect that has organized so much into something so coherent."--P. S. Derow, University of Oxford

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