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Interpreting Herodotus$
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Thomas Harrison and Elizabeth Irwin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198803614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198803614.001.0001

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The Moral of History

The Moral of History

(p.335) 14 The Moral of History
Interpreting Herodotus

Thomas Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines in what sense the Histories of Herodotus might be envisaged as moral or didactic in purpose. It looks, first, at weaker definitions of moralism (e.g. in terms of the themes or patterns that unite the Histories), before looking next at the moralism expressed by different characters in the Histories, and finally asking whether there are stronger morals implicit in the Histories as a whole.

Keywords:   moralism, didacticism, Solon, religion, individuals, themes, ring composition, Croesus, utility

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