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Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography : Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine - Jonas Grethlein

Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography

Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine

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The past is narrated in retrospect. Historians can either capitalize on the benefit of hindsight and give their narratives a strongly teleological design or they may try to render the past as it was experienced by historical agents and contemporaries. This book explores the fundamental tension between experience and teleology in major works of Greek and Roman historiography, biography and autobiography. The combination of theoretical reflections with close readings yields a new, often surprising assessment of the history of ancient historiography as well as a deeper understanding of such authors as Thucydides, Tacitus and Augustine. While much recent work has focused on how ancient historians use emplotment to generate historical meaning, Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography offers a new approach to narrative form as a mode of coming to grips with time.

Introduction: futures past: historiography between experience and teleology; Part I. Experience: Making the Past Present: 1. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War; 2. Xenophon, Anabasis; 3. Plutarch, Alexander; 4. Tacitus, Annals; Part II. Teleology: The Power of Retrospect: 5. Herodotus, Histories; 6. Polybius, Histories; 7. Sallust, Bellum Catilinae; Part III. Beyond Experience and Teleology: 8. Augustine, Confessions; Epilogue: experience in modern historiography.

ISBN: 9781107040281
ISBN-10: 1107040280
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 431
Published: 17th October 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.8