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1. Title Title of document 22. Thucydides and Myth - Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Tim Rood; University of Oxford;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Ancient History
4. Subject Keyword(s) ancient history; ancient civilization; historiography; cultural memory; historical consciousness; collective memory; cultural heritage; myth; ritual; Thucydides; Thucydides' use of mythology; mythology in ancient Greece
5. Subject Subject classification Ancient Near Eastern Studies; Sinology; Biblical Studies; Classics; Maya Studies
6. Description Abstract Thucydides has often been read as a model of a ‘scientific’ mode of historical writing grounded in the rejection of ‘myth’. This view is based in part on Thucydides’ own methodological pronouncements. But it underestimates the amount of mythical material that Thucydides included within his account of the Peloponnesian War (e.g. mythical references to Theseus, Tereus, Amphilochus, Alcmeon, Odysseus, and the Cyclopes, as well as ethnographic sections on the Thracians and the Aetolians). The aims of this chapter are: 1. To explore the reception of Thucydides’ use of mythography. What part, if any, have these passages played in the construction of the image of Thucydides as exemplary historian? 2. To offer an analysis of how Thucydides’ introduction of mythographic material itself contributes to his spatial and temporal construction of the Peloponnesian War. The author opposes modern narratives of the development of a Thucydidean mode of historiography to the narrative complexities of Thucydides himself, illuminating both modern constructions of classical historiography and the role of the mythical within Thucydides’ work.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.33738
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
ancient world
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