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Historiography at the End of the RepublicProvincial Perspectives on Roman Rule$
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.001.0001

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Constructing the Narrative: Authorial Objectives and the Use of Rome

Constructing the Narrative: Authorial Objectives and the Use of Rome

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(p.123) 3 Constructing the Narrative: Authorial Objectives and the Use of Rome
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Historiography at the End of the Republic
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Liv Mariah Yarrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277544.003.0004

In the contemporary histories of the Late Republic written by non-Romans, we can find preserved the attitudes of those dispossessed of their power by the establishment of Roman hegemony. The historical texts themselves, like any intellectual product, have a distinctive form. The genre employed by each author and the structural choices made reflect the nature of the historian's objectives and political position. Choices regarding the integration of Rome into the narrative structure are of particular significance. Two categories have been recognized in Hellenistic historical writing: universal history and local chronicles.

Keywords:   Trogus, Nicolaus, Diodorus, Hercules, 1 Maccabees, Memnon, universal history, local chronicles, Hellenistic historical writing

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