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Historical consciousness and the 'aitiology' in Greece

Abstract:

This chapter examines the phenomenon of ‘aetiology’ in Greek formal historiography, particularly Herodotus, and in the more popular manifestations of historical consciousness to be found in various polis and island histories (‘local histories’), arguing that these have roots in local popular and cultic explanations. Though aitia and the discussion of ‘causes’ in these contexts are often taken to be a particularly Hellenistic and learned interest, they are very common in Herodotus and in the f...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Sub department:
Ancient History & Classical Arch
Oxford college:
Balliol College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-5794-3523
Publisher:
Equinox Publisher's website
Pages:
279-292
Host title:
Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
Publication date:
2019-06-10
Source identifiers:
830575
ISBN:
9781781796566
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Pubs id:
pubs:830575
UUID:
uuid:d83e597d-1e68-4021-bd53-a93f3ef112cc
Local pid:
pubs:830575
Deposit date:
2019-11-11

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