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The Western Time of Ancient History: Historiographical Encounters with the Greek and Roman Pasts Hardcover – May 2, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521883139 ISBN-10: 052188313X Edition: 1st

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'This book of essays, uniformly learned, perspicuous, and philosophically sophisticated, constitutes a genuine revision of traditional notions of the relation between Greek and Roman ideas about temporality and historicity and their modern counterparts. The essays question the presumed genealogical affiliation between the Greek 'founders' of a historical idea of time and their modern avatars. Not only is history shown to have taken on many different forms and modes in antiquity, but the mainstream tradition begun by Herodotus and Thucydides is shown to have been quite alien to much of what is taken to be the orthodoxy of modern, post-Rankean historiography. The 'past' of the classical age will never look quite the same again.' Hayden White, University Professor of the History of Consciousness, Emeritus, University of California

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This book advances a theoretically sophisticated account of the Western encounter with antiquity focusing on the conceptual and temporal frames through which modern Western historiography has linked itself to classical antiquity. Includes essays by leading scholars in the fields of classics, ancient and modern history and the theory of historiography.

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