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Anna KomneneThe Life and Work of a Medieval Historian$
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Leonora Neville

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190498177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001

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The “Fury of Medea”

The “Fury of Medea”

(p.153) 10 The “Fury of Medea”
Anna Komnene

Leonora Neville

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts the development of standard, pejorative narrative of Anna Komnene’s life in modern scholarship. It traces the depiction of Anna in a selection of histories written from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. It explores how changes in approaches to ancient and medieval texts underpin some of the differences between the readings offered in chapters 6–9 and those developed by modern historians. Additionally it suggests that conceptions of gender and history writing among these scholars were sufficiently different from those of the twelfth century that Anna’s strategies for presenting herself humbly and sympathetically were not recognized as such. The modern scholars however did perceive the authorizing discourses by which she claimed the ability to write history, which made her look arrogant to many of them. Negative perceptions of Anna’s character, as conceited and improperly feminine, helped lead to an interpretation of her life as dominated by political ambition.

Keywords:   Anna Komnene, Charles du Fresne du Cange, Charles Lebeau, Edward Gibbon, Johann Heinrich Krause, Ferdinand Chalandon, Charles Diehl, Louis du Sommerard, Naomi Mitchison, Georgina Buckler

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