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The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography (Sather Classical Lectures)

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"The book is marvelously erudite, using the historiography of the ancient world to set off on am arch through the ages. What Momigliano brings to the subject that no one else can is a keen scent for the Nachleben of classical authors. His intimate knowledge of Renaissance scholarship and his familiarity with modern intellectual history give this text dimensions that no comparable work possesses."
--Erich S. Gruen, University of California, Berkeley
"These lectures are vintage Momigliano, full of deep learning, new associations, sound judgments, mastery of a broad range of literature from several different cultures, and all bearing the inimitable stamp of one of this century's leading intellectual historians. Here is a fascinating, original exploration of how the aims and methods of historians in Isreal, Greece, and Rome helped shape the development of Western historiography."
--Ronald S. Stroud, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Sather Classical Lectures (Book 54)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520078705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520078703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Albin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2015
Format: Paperback
An interesting set of essays, presented originally as the Sather lectures in the early 1960s. Momigliano explores how the work of classical historians like Herodotus, Thucydides, Tacitus, and others became the foundation of modern historical writing. In particular, he credits Greek intellectuals with developing the critical approach that characterizes our conception of historical writing. These essays deal mainly with nature of the work of classical historians, including the originator of Church history, Eusebius. By his own admission, Momigliano doesn't really deal with why these Classical writers became so influential in early modern Europe. A number of interesting aspects are discussed. Herodotus as the founder of a tradition that included ethnography and a broader perspective on the past, Thucydides as the exemplar of what came to be in many ways the standard of political-military history, and the Romans as the originators of national histories. These essays contain a good deal of insightful commentary and feature Momigliano's impressive erudition.
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A Kid's Review on December 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Momigliano proves himself a first rate scholar. The book is both deep but highly readable with a fluid style. Anyone interested in ancient historians and their methods should dive into this one. It leaves me wanting to read more from this scholar who devoted himself to the study of the historiography of the ancient world.
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