The Origins of Historical Writing in the Ancient West

History 84

Spring 2014
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F 10-12P

The first historians of western civilization emerged in Israel, Greece, and Rome in the first millennium BC. They preserved information about the great empires, major personalities, and crucial events now lost to us; they established our major narratives of archetypal events such as the battle of Marathon, the foundation of Rome, and the spread of Christianity; and they have all been accused repeatedly of gross dishonesty in their portrayal of events. They are worthy of the attention of all students of both ancient history and historical writing.This course will explore how these historians constructed and presented their narratives. 

Course Books

The History of the Church by Eusebius Penguin. ISBN: 9780140445350 Required
The Jewish War by Josephus Penguin. ISBN: 9780140444209 Required
The Annals by Tacitus Hackett. ISBN: 9780872205581 Required
The Rise of Rome by Livy Oxford. ISBN: 9780199540044 Required
The Histories by Polybius Penguin. ISBN: 9780140443622 Required
The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides Oxford. ISBN: 9780192821911 Required
The Histories by Herodotus Oxford. ISBN: 9780192824257 Required