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Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus$
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Emily Baragwanath

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231294.001.0001

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The Histories, Plutarch, and reader response

The Histories, Plutarch, and reader response

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(p.1) 1 The Histories, Plutarch, and reader response
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Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus
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Emily Baragwanath (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231294.003.0001

Taking Plutarch's criticisms in de Malignitate Herodoti as a point of entry into Herodotus' strategies for guiding his readers' response, this chapter argues that Herodotus' reader is motivated to take a particular, active stance towards his text. Herodotus is set in the context of the sophists. The theoretical background of Iser's reader response criticism is introduced, with Herodotus' presentation of the question of the Alcmaeonids' possible medizing after Marathon serving as a test case for a reader-response approach.

Keywords:   Herodotus, Histories, Plutarch, de Malignitate Herodoti, reader response, reader response criticism, Iser, sophists, Alcmaeonids

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