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Significant and the Insignificant: Five Studies in Herodotus' View of History (J E van de Veen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1996) 9789050632966
Significant and the Insignificant: Five Studies in Herodotus' View of History (J E van de Veen) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1996) 9789050632966
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Title: The Significant and the Insignificant: Five Studies in Herodotus' View of History

Author: Veen, J E van de

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1996

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789050632966

Volumes: 1; Pages: 154

List Price in Cloth: $66.00 Our price: $55.99

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Although it is widely recognised that Solon's thoughts on human life (1.30-32) are important to a correct understanding of Herodotus' work, little attention has been given to their narratological meaning. On the basis of a careful interpretation of five episodes, this monograph argues that Solon's advice, 'look to the end', establishes the viewpoint from which Herodotus' stories are to be understood. This viewpoint leads to surprising conclusions as to what is and is not important to the development of history. It casts doubts especially on the magnificent role of Athens and its democracy.
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