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Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Lisa Irene Hau


This book offers an interpretation of the first 500 years of history writing as a moral-didactic genre, and argues that this does not invalidate ancient Greek historiography as history. In Part I, it offers a thorough analysis of the moralising techniques and moral-didactic lessons of Polybius and Diodorus Siculus and then analyses the fragments of a range of less well-preserved Hellenistic works of historiography (Timaeus, Phylarchus, Duris, Hieronymus, Agatharchides, and Posidonius) to see how far it is possible to trace similar techniques and lessons in these works. In Part II, the roots of ... More

Keywords: Ancient historiography, Moralising, Moral didacticism, Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Hellenistic historiography, Fragmentary historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474411073
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Irene Hau, author
University of Glasgow