- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- 1 Authorial Voice and Narrative Management in Herodotus
- 2 Pedestrian Fatalities: The Prosaics of Death in Herodotus
- 3 Panionios of Chios and Hermotimos of Pedasa (Hdt. 8. 104–6)
- 4 Herodotean Chronology Revisited
- 5 Who Was Actually Buried in the First of the Three Spartan Graves (Hdt. 9. 85. 1)? Textual and Historical Problems
- 6 The Oldest ‘New’ Military Historians: Herodotos, W. G. Forrest, and the Historiography of War
- 7 Herodotos (and others) on Pelasgians: Some Perceptions of Ethnicity
- 8 Herodotus’ Conception of Historical Space and the Beginnings of Universal History
- 9 ‘Tradition’ in Herodotus: The Foundation of Cyrene
- 10 Why Did Herodotus not Mention the Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
- 11 (Hdt. 6. 108. 1)
- 12 Herodotos (8. 137–8), The Manumissions from Leukopetra, and the Topography of the Middle Haliakmon Valley
- 13 Cleisthenes (of Athens) and Corinth
- 14 ‘Prophecy in reverse’? Herodotus and the Origins of History
- 15 Oracles for Sale
- 16 The Common Oracle of the Milesians and the Argives (Hdt. 6. 19 and 77)
- 17 Herodotus and the ‘Resurrection’
- 18 Herodotos and Athens
- 19 Democracy without Theory
- General Index
- Select Index of Literary Sources
- Select Epigraphic Index
Herodotos and Athens
Herodotos and Athens
- (p.305) 18 Herodotos and Athens
- Herodotus and his World
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This chapter discusses the workings of oral history in Herodotus' text, and the implications for its interpretation as a document of the late 430s BC. Echoes of the contemporary political environment are explored particularly in the accounts of Hippokleides' unsuccessful suit, the expulsion of the Athenian tyrants, and the beginning of the Ionian Revolt. Although oral history effectively creates rather than mirrors the record of the past, thus preventing reconstruction of this past in traditional ways by modern historians, the loss is outweighed by better understanding of the text as an historical record of its own day, and by better methods of identifying received record and oral deformation.
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