Book section icon

Book section

Structure and Meaning in Epic and Historiography

Abstract:

This chapter explores one aspect of historiography's debt to epic, and uses this as a basis for some comparisons and contrasts between Herodotus and Thucydides. It argues that Homer was inevitably and constantly a gigantic presence in the background for both Herodotus and Thucydides, that they measure their own subject matter and themes against those of the Homeric poems, particularly the Iliad, and that whatever influence lost sources may have had, Homer provided the central model for sustai...

Expand abstract

Actions


Access Document


Authors


More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Classics
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Host title:
Thucydides and Herodotus
Publication date:
2012-09-20
DOI:
URN:
uuid:d38392ac-5888-4ef1-a81c-50d8b8582ee7
Source identifiers:
199600
Local pid:
pubs:199600
ISBN:
9780199593262

Terms of use


Metrics



If you are the owner of this record, you can report an update to it here: Report update to this record

TO TOP