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Theopompus of Chios : History and Rhetoric in the Fourth Century BC - Michael Attyah Flower

Theopompus of Chios

History and Rhetoric in the Fourth Century BC

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Theopompus of Chios was one of the most important ancient Greek historians of the fourth century BC. Although his work has survived only in fragments - as quotations and paraphrases in later writers - these are still a rich and vital source of information for Greek political, social, and intellectual history during the age of Philip of Macedon. This book explores both Theopompus' historical method and the intellectual milieu in which he worked, whilst the fragments themselves are placed in 'context' by examining where and why they are cited by later authors. Through this illuminating and original study, the author leads up to some important new conclusions about historical writing in the fourth century BC: he argues that there was no so-called Isocratean school of rhetorical history; that Theopompus used moral explanations typical of Greek thought to account for historical changes; and that oral tradition, as opposed to rhetorical invention, was still vibrant in the fourth century. Professor Flower also provides a critical method for evaluating Theopompus' historical accuracy. All Greek in the book is translated.

Industry Reviews

`F.'s book offers discussion and correction of earlier scholarship ... Points of detail are convincingly argued, and the method of reading fragments in their literary contexts proves to be helpful for isolating Theopompus' voice from the argumentative context in which it is preserved. Anyone who wishes to use Theopompus as an historical source will read F.'s book with profit.' Sitta von Reden, University of Bristol, Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 116 (1996) `Flower's assessment of Theopompus is sure.' Ancient History Bulletin

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Life of Theopompusp. 11
The Works of Theopompusp. 26
Theopompus, Isocrates, and the Myth of Rhetorical Historyp. 42
The Moral and Political Outlook of Theopompusp. 63
Theopompus on Philipp. 98
Philip's Conquest of Europep. 116
Theopompus on Demosthenesp. 136
Theopompus' Place in the Development of Greek Historiographyp. 148
Moral Criteria and the Psychological Methodp. 169
Theopompus' Historical Accuracyp. 184
Conclusionp. 211
Appendix 1p. 214
Translation of Selected Fragmentsp. 218
Bibliographyp. 221
Index of Passages Citedp. 237
General Indexp. 247
Postscriptp. 253
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ISBN: 9780198152439
ISBN-10: 0198152434
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.37