The Cambridge companion to Herodotus /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Dewald, Carolyn., Marincola, John.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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There must be a market for the growing series of companion volumes, since Blackwell and Brill both compete with similar titles. Brill already has a Herodotus companion in its series (Brill's Companion to Herodotus, CH, Feb'03, 40-3571). The format is standard: a group of scholars prominent in the Herodotus industry produces essays on various aspects of recent research. The aim is to bring students up to date on the latest ideas, and in the case of Herodotus, that is an important aim. Fifty years ago, Herodotus, the so-called "Father of History," was neglected, and suffered grievously by comparison with his near contemporary, Thucydides, who seemed to take a giant leap forward in historiography. But the last generation of scholars has made up for the neglect, and this book, edited by two Herodotean aficionados, Dewald and Marincola, succeeds well in showing what directions modern scholarship has taken. Of the 20 papers in the volume, special mention should be made of Robert Fowler's "Herodotus and His Prose Predecessors" and Rosalind Thomas's "The Intellectual Milieu of Herodotus." Both deal ably with crucial topics in Herodotean studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. A. S. Evans emeritus, University of British Columbia

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