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Greek and Roman Historians: Information and Misinformation Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0415117708 ISBN-10: 0415117704

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (May 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415117704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415117708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Sources and indifference to economic and social history, and weakness ... are sympathetically discussed and the reputation of the ancients staunchly defended. An ideal introduction for the student.' - Greece & Rome

`It combines a great deal of useful information about the main literary sources for ancient history and about historiography as a literary genre, with some salutary warnings against taking those sources at face value.' - ?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on June 3, 2012
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I don't know how I missed this one for so long. It's the best reference on the lives and works from Herodotus to most, if not all, known historians. Major historians such as Thucydides, Tacitus and Josephus are covered along with the lesser knowns, Sallust, Dio Cassius and and a number who's works have been lost. It covers the life and times of each with an analysis of his work and philosophy. No doubt Grant has done readings in most, if not all, of them. He analyzes each writer in the light of modern historical knowledge. As the prime example, he surprisingly admires Herodotus, 'the father of history', more as a literary writer than as a historian. Grant points out biases since, as with moderns, it's impossible to be completely unbiased. There are mistakes as the ancients didn't have as much information as modern historians. Grant justifies reading ancient historians as literature rather than history. Not many of us would have need to trace original sources. Other ancient sources of literature and archeology are cited and Grant underwrites his extensive knowledge of coinage. This is a very enjoyable read, packing much information and philosophy of history into a short volume.
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Grant's book is short. You'll get through it in a week if you read everyday for a while. It's very dry. It's information is extremely useful and straight to the point. He tells you what the scholarly notes on this and that are and then moves on. He draws out some conclusions for you so there's not much in here that requires outside reading or should be over the heads of the casual reader. Albeit, the casual reader will not want to read this. This will probably interest someone trying to learn about history. For me, I am very interested in critically examining the books of the Bible, so this helped greatly.
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Vega on October 4, 2009
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Product arrived on time and the seller was great to work with. Product arrived in the condition described, would gladly do business with again.
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