Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond 


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Brill's Companion to the Reception of Herodotus in Antiquity and Beyond offers new insights on the reception and cultural transmission of one of the most controversial and influential texts to have survived from Classical Antiquity. Herodotus’ Histories has been adopted, adapted, imitated, contested, admired and criticized across diverse genres, historical periods, and geographical boundaries. This companion, edited by Jessica Priestley and Vasiliki Zali, examines the reception of Herodotus in a range of cultural contexts, from the fifth century BC to the twentieth century AD. The essays consider key topics such as Herodotus' place in the Western historiographical tradition, translation of and scholarly engagement with the Histories, and the use of the Histories as a model for describing and interpreting cultural and geographical material.

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Jessica Priestley, PhD (Classics, 2010), University of Cambridge, is the author of Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the Reception of the "Histories" (Oxford University Press, 2014) and several articles on Herodotus.

Vasiliki Zali, PhD (Classics, 2009), University College London, is co-ordinator of the University of Liverpool Schools Classics Project and an Honorary Research Fellow of University College London. She is the author of The Shape of Herodotean Rhetoric (Brill, 2014).

Contributors are: Eran Almagor, Christopher A. Baron, Benjamin Earley, Adam Foley, Vivienne Gray, Greta Hawes, Kinga Kosmala, Dennis Looney, John Marincola, Neville Morley, Heather Neilson, Jessica Priestley, Félix Racine, Andreas Schwab, Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Olga Tribulato, Marek Wecowski, and Vasiliki Zali.
"This companion is a generous and extremely welcome work which both widens and enriches the debate on Herodotus’ reception, a theme that has provoked wide interest in recent decades, after a long period in which scholarship consisted of a sparse list of contributions (...). To sum up, this book is a well-edited product, which also provides indexes and a bibliography of great utility. It is highly recommended not only to Herodotean scholars, but also to experts in ancient historiography, classical reception, and Renaissance studies. All the essays are stimulating; several of them are excellent and offer new acquisitions in the wide field of Herodotean studies." Lorenzo Miletti in BMCR 2018.04.56

Notes on Editors and Contributors

Jessica Priestley & Vasiliki Zali

PART 1 - “Father of History”
1 Herodotus in Thucydides: A Hypothesis
Marek Wecowski
2 Herodotus and His Successors: The Rhetoric of the Persian Wars in Thucydides and Xenophon
Vasiliki Zali
3 Duris of Samos and a Herodotean Model for Writing History
Christopher A. Baron
4 “This is What Herodotus Relates”: The Presence of Herodotus’ Histories in Josephus’ Writings
Eran Almagor
5 History without Malice: Plutarch Rewrites the Battle of Plataea
John Marincola
6 Herodotus in Renaissance France
Benjamin Earley
7 The Anti-Thucydides: Herodotus and the Development of Modern Historiography
Neville Morley

PART 2 - Language, Translation and Scholarship
8 Herodotus’ Reception in Ancient Greek Lexicography and Grammar: From the Hellenistic to the Imperial Age
Olga Tribulato
9 Herodotus’ Reputation in Latin Literature from Cicero to the 12th Century
Félix Racine
10 Valla’s Herodotean Labours: Towards a New View of Herodotus in the Italian Renaissance
Adam Foley
11 Herodotus and Narrative Art in Renaissance Ferrara: The Translation of Matteo Maria Boiardo
Dennis Looney
12 The ‘Rediscovery’ of Egypt: Herodotus and His Account of Egypt in the Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute-Égypte (1802) by Vivant Denon
Andreas Schwab
13 Not beyond Herodotus? Psammetichus’ Experiment and Modern Thought about Language
Benjamin Eldon Stevens

PART 3 - New Narratives and Genres
14 Herodotus (and Ctesias) Re-enacted: Leadership in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia
Vivienne Gray
15 Pausanias and the Footsteps of Herodotus
Greta Hawes
16 Ryszard Kapuściński’s Travels with Herodotus: Reportage from the Self
Kinga Kosmala
17 Herodotus in Fiction: Gore Vidal’s Creation
Heather Neilson

Scholars, graduates, and advanced undergraduate students of Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History, Reception Studies, and Comparative Literature; anyone interested in Herodotus' Histories and/or the reception of Classical literature.
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