The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography

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University of California Press, 1990 - History - 162 pages
Here, at last, are the long-awaited Sather Classical Lectures of the great historian Arnaldo Momigliano, In a masterly survey of the origins of ancient historiography, Momigliano captures those features of an ancient historian's work that not only gave it importance in its own day but also encouraged imitation and exploitation in later centuries. He reveals the extent to which Greek, Persian, and Jewish historians influenced the Western historiographic tradition, and then goes on to examine the first Roman historians and the emergence of national history. In the course of his exposition, he traces the development of antiquarian studies as distinctive branch of historical research from antiquity to the modern period, discusses the place of Tacitus in historical thought, and explores the way in which ecclesiastical historiography has developed a tradition of its own. All these lectures illustrate Momigliano's unrivaled ability to combine the study of classical texts and the history of classical scholarship. First delivered in 1962, the lectures were revised during the next fifteen years and then held for annotation that was never completed. They are now published from the author's manuscripts, collated and checked by Momigliano's literary executor, Anne Marie Meyer, of the Warburg Institute, with a foreword by Riccardo Di Donato, of the University of Pisa. The text is printed as the author left it. Sather Classical Lectures, 54

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Picked this up due to Momigliano's student Anthony Grafton constantly raving about him. It seemed like a brilliant (as well as short) essay on different modes of history-writing in antiquity, but it ... Read full review

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A collection of six scholarly lectures on classical historiography. The lectures deal with the transmission of certain historiographical traditions from antiquity to about the 18th century. What ... Read full review


The Herodotean and the Thucydidean
The Rise of Antiquarian Research
Fabius Pictor and the Origins of National
Tacitus and the Tacitist Tradition
The Origins of Ecclesiastical

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Arnaldo Momigliano (1908-87) was born and educated in Italy. He was appointed to the chair of Roman history at the University of Turin in 1936, but deprived of his professorship under Mussolini's racial decree, he settled in Oxford in 1939. He was Professor of Ancient History at University College London from 1951 until 1975 and Alexander White Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago from 1975 to 1987. His many books include The Development of Greek Biography (1971), Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization (1975), and the eleven volumes of essays entitled Contributi alla Storia degli Studi Classici e del Mondo Antico.

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