Reading Herodotus: A Study of the Logoi in Book 5 of Herodotus' Histories

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-09-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Reading Herodotus represents a new departure in Herodotean scholarship: it is the first multi-authored collection of scholarly essays to focus on a single book of Herodotus' Histories. Each chapter studies a separate logos in Book 5 and pursues two closely-related lines of enquiry: first, to propose an individual thesis about the political, historical, and cultural significance of the subjects that Herodotus treats in Book 5, and second, to analyze the connections and continuities between its logos and the overarching structure of Herodotus' narrative. This collection of twelve essays by internationally-renowned scholars represents an important contribution to existing scholarship on Herodotus and will serve as an essential research tool for all those interested in Book 5 of the Histories, the interpretation of Herodotean narrative, and the historiography of the Ionian Revolt.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of contributorsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: reading Herodotus, reading Book 5p. 1
'What's in a name?' and exploring the comparable: onomastics, ethnography and kratos in Thrace (5.1-2 and 3-10)p. 41
The Paeonians (5.11-16)p. 88
Narrating ambiguity: murder and Macedonian allegiance (5.17-22)p. 98
Bridging the narrative (5.23-7)p. 128
The trouble with the Ionians: Herodotus and the beginning of the Ionian Revolt (5.28-38.1)p. 146
The Dorieus episode and the Ionian Revolt (5.42-8)p. 168
Aristagoras (5.49-55, 97)p. 179
Structure and significance (5.55-69)p. 202
Athens and Aegina (5.82-9)p. 226
'Saving' Greece from the 'ignominy' of tyranny? The 'famous' and 'wonderful' speech of Socles (5.92)p. 245
Cyprus and Onesilus: an interlude of freedom (5.104, 108-16)p. 269
'The Fourth Dorian Invasion' and 'The Ionian Revolt' (5.76-126)p. 289
Bibliographyp. 311
Index locorump. 330
General indexp. 336
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