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Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

Herodotus in Context: Ethnography, Science and the Art of Persuasion

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This book examines the Histories of Herodotus within the context of the intellectual climate of the mid to late fifth century BC. Herodotus is read widely for his accounts of archaic Greek history but his descriptions of Egypt, Scythia and Libya are equally fascinating. Rosalind Thomas concentrates on the latter, along with Herodotus' accounts of the wonders of nature and his methods of convincing his audiences, seeing these as part of the world of scientific inquiry and controversy more familiar from the natural philosophers and medical works of the time.

Author: Rosalind Thomas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 08/28/2000
Pages: 332
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 0.88d
ISBN: 9780521662598

Review Citation(s):
Choice 03/01/2001 pg. 1324

About the Author
Thomas, Rosalind: - Rosalind Thomas is Reader in Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Oral Tradition and Written Record in Classical Athens (1989 HB 0521350255; 1991 PB 0521425182) and Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece (1992/HB 0521373468; PB 0521377420).

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