Middlebury

FYSE1026A-S22

Herodotus/Historical Writing

Herodotus and the Writing of History
Dubbed ‘the Father of History’ by Cicero, Herodotus saw himself as presenting the results of an investigation in order to preserve human achievements, grant them renown, and above all to explain why the Greeks and Persians came to fight one another. We will read the whole of Herodotus’ Histories, considering the place of story-telling, ethnography, and divine intervention in explaining the past, and exploring how Herodotus’ inquiry spawned historical writing. Ancient and modern discussions about historical writing will supplement the central text. 3 hrs. sem.
Course Reference Number (CRN):
22451
Subject Code:
FYSE
Course Number:
1026
Section Identifier:
A

Course

FYSE 1026

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Spring 2022