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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 Homeric background

The Homeric background

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(p.35) 2 The Homeric background
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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/9780199231294.003.0002

This chapter addresses Herodotus' relationship with his major narrative model, Homer, whose techniques Herodotus appropriates and develops. Homer's depiction of motivation supplies a perspective in which to view Herodotus' methods: the epic storyteller's stance of omniscience illuminates the wholly different position of the historian—whose access to events is compromised by differences in time and space.

Keywords:   Herodotus, motivation, Homer, epic storyteller, narrative model, stance of omniscience

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