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The ancient historian Herodotus, the Father of History, is also considered a great anthropologist. In his account of the Persian invasions of Greece in the fifth century BC, he searches for the forces that transformed Persians from an underprivileged nation into the rulers of the largest empire of antiquity. In his Histories , he explores the non-Hellenic peoples that were either conquered by the Persians or managed to resist or elude their aggression,such as the Lydians, Egyptians, Libyans, Scythians, and Thracians, and describes the lands they inhabit, their resources, customs, religious rituals, and cultural predisposition. This second volume of the Oxford Readings in Classical Studies on Herodotus focuses on the principles ofHerodotus' research concerning the physical world in the light of traditional myth and the science of his times, and deal with the connections between travelling and storytelling, culture and gender, Hellenic and barbarian religions, and memory and ethnicity.
Rosaria Munson is Professor of Classics at Swarthmore College where she has been teaching since 1990.
Table of Contents
Introduction Rosaria V. Munson Physis and Historie 1. The Boundaries of Earth, James S. Romm 2. Herodotus and Analogy, Aldo Corcella 3. Herodotus and Historia, Catherine Darbo-Peschanski The Homeric wanderer 4. Odysseus and the Historians, John Marincola Women in Herodotus 5. Exit Atossa: Images of Women in Greek Historiography about Persia, Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg and Addendun by Amelie Kuhrt 6. Women and Culture in Herodotus Histories, Carolyn Dewald World religions and the divine 7. Herodotus and Religion, John Gould 8. Herodotus on the Names of Gods: Polytheism as a Historical Problem, Walter Burkert Herodotus barbaroi 9. Women's Customs among the Savages in Herodotus, Michele Rosellini and Suzanne Said 10. Imaginary Scythians: Space and Nomadism, Franccois Hartog 11. Herodotus the Tourist, James Redfield 12. Herodotus and an Egyptian Mirage, Ian S. Moyer 13. Who Are Herodotus' Persians?, Rosaria V. Munson Us and them 14. Ethnicity, Genealogy, and Hellenism in Herodotus, Rosalind Thomas 15. East is East and West is West - Or Are They? National Stereotypes in Herodotus, Christopher Pelling Bibliography of Works Cited Acknowledgements Index