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Thucydidean Epistemology

Historiography: Critical Readings Volume I : Ancient and Medieval Traditions

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Critical Readings in Historiography

...This essay investigates several aspects of Thucydides’ intellectual conception of history in order to further our understanding of its philosophical basis and its essential qualities. Several scholars have claimed that Thucydides invented...

Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu) and the Zuo Commentary (Zuo zhuan)

Yuri Pines

Yuri Pines is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Classic Texts in Context

...IntroductionThe Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu 春秋; hereafter the Annals) occupies an exceptional position in China’s historiographic tradition. On the one hand, it is an extremely prestigious text. Suffice it to mention that the lengthy...

Protagoras’s Cooperative Know-how

Democratic Moments : Reading Democratic Texts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...So Zeus, afraid that our species might go extinct, sends Hermes to bring a sense of conscience and justice to humans, so that political communities could be organized and people could be brought together in joint activity. And Hermes asks...

Herodotus’s Political Ecologies

Democratic Moments : Reading Democratic Texts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Rule by the majority on the other hand, bears that fairest of all titles: ‘Equality before the law’. Not only that, but it has this second quality: it gives rise to none of the actions which a monarch characteristically takes. Those...

Authority and conservatism in Plato’s Republic

Conservative Moments : Reading Conservative Texts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The Republic Book VIII Liberty makes its way into private households and in the end it breeds anarchy even among the animals. – What do you mean...

Comparison in history

Mikhail Krom

Mikhail Krom is Professor of Comparative Studies in History at European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. He is the author of Historical Anthropology (2010) and The Widowed Tsardom: The Political Crisis in Russia in the 1530s and the 1540s (2010). He is also the editor of History and Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Studies at the Turn of the 21st Century (co-edited with David Sabean and Gadi Algazi, 2006) and The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade Around Europe 1300-1600 (co-edited with Wim Blockmans and Justyna Wubs-Mroziewicz, 2017). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Guyatt

Elizabeth Guyatt has translated from Russian since living and working in Moscow in the 1990s. She chaired the Translating Division of the Chartered Institute of Linguists from 2016-2018. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Introduction to Historical Comparison

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...Comparison has existed in history as long as history itself. This does not mean that historians in ancient times developed a particular ‘comparative historical’ method: before the eighteenth century there were no discernible...

The Battle Exhortation in Ancient Historiography

Historiography: Critical Readings Volume I : Ancient and Medieval Traditions

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Critical Readings in Historiography

...A survey of all speeches in Greek and Roman historiography reveals that most of them belong to one of the following three categories: (a) the speech made by a political leader to his city’s assembly or council; (b...

Early history

Dmitri Nikulin

Dmitri Nikulin is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York, USA. His interests range from ancient and early modern philosophy to the philosophy of dialogue and of literature. He is the author of a number of books including Matter, Imagination and Geometry (2002), On Dialogue (2006), Dialectic and Dialogue (2010), and Comedy, Seriously (2014). He is also the editor of and contributor to The Other Plato (2012) and Memory: A Philosophical History (2015) Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Concept of History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In the beginning: Hecataeus, Hellanicus. In order to better understand the structure of history, I want to look at the first historians and the way they practiced history, not to stress the “quarrel between ancients and moderns...

Herodotus, Histories

John Claughton

John Claughton is a former Chief Master at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, United Kingdom Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Classic Texts in Context

...Introduction Ἡροδότου Ἁλικαρνησσέος ἱστορίης ἀπόδεξις ἥδε. These five Greek words (“Of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, this is the account of his enquiry”) are some of the most important written in ancient Greek, giving us the first appearance...