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ISBN: 0415105927
Author: T. James Luce
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge (February 25, 1997)
Pages: 168
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 497
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I have been interested in the Ancient Greeks since childhood. Luce's book offers a well written introduction to the great works of the Greek Historians. He seems to be fair and impartial

I have been interested in the Ancient Greeks since childhood. He seems to be fair and impartial. Still one gets the impression that the author knows what he is talking about. The only quarrel I have with the book is that Luce cramps a lot of people into the last chapter. In my oppinion he should either have left out some of them or written a longer book.

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The Greeks invented history as a literary genre in the fifth century B.C. The first historians owed much to Homer and adopted his vivid and direct style in narrating historical events. Yet, despite the influence of Homer the birth of history was basically a reaction against mythical accounts of the past. Homer wrote about war and travel in foreign lands, in the distant and mythical past. In contrast, the Greek historians of the fifth century wrote about contemporary or very recent events, where eye witnesses could be interviewed and facts checked.The Greek Historians follows the development of history from Herodotus, via Thucydides, Xenophon and Polybius, until the Hellenistic age. It introduces the individual writers and their topics, yet it also outlines their attitudes to historiography and their criticisms of each other. Such themes as the uses and value of truth and causation are traced, as well as the growing constraints on free speech under Hellenistic monarchs and the Romans. Written in an accessible and captivating manner, with suggestions for further reading, this book serves as a lucid introduction to Greek historians and writing of history.

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Mavegar
So very often we find extensive verbatim quotes from ancient historians uncritically cited as if "gospel". Grant takes a hard look at their writings and gives us pause where other modern historians fail to do so.
lolike
Grant's book is short. You'll get through it in a week if you read everyday for a while. It's very dry. It's information is extremely useful and straight to the point. He tells you what the scholarly notes on this and that are and then moves on. He draws out some conclusions for you so there's not much in here that requires outside reading or should be over the heads of the casual reader. Albeit, the casual reader will not want to read this. This will probably interest someone trying to learn about history. For me, I am very interested in critically examining the books of the Bible, so this helped greatly.
Akir
I don't know how I missed this one for so long. It's the best reference on the lives and works from Herodotus to most, if not all, known historians. Major historians such as Thucydides, Tacitus and Josephus are covered along with the lesser knowns, Sallust, Dio Cassius and and a number who's works have been lost. It covers the life and times of each with an analysis of his work and philosophy. No doubt Grant has done readings in most, if not all, of them. He analyzes each writer in the light of modern historical knowledge. As the prime example, he surprisingly admires Herodotus, 'the father of history', more as a literary writer than as a historian. Grant points out biases since, as with moderns, it's impossible to be completely unbiased. There are mistakes as the ancients didn't have as much information as modern historians. Grant justifies reading ancient historians as literature rather than history. Not many of us would have need to trace original sources. Other ancient sources of literature and archeology are cited and Grant underwrites his extensive knowledge of coinage. This is a very enjoyable read, packing much information and philosophy of history into a short volume.
Whitebinder
I have been interested in the Ancient Greeks since childhood. Luce's book offers a well written introduction to the great works of the Greek Historians. He seems to be fair and impartial. What's more the book is in easily understandable language(no Academese). Still one gets the impression that the author knows what he is talking about. The only quarrel I have with the book is that Luce cramps a lot of people into the last chapter. In my oppinion he should either have left out some of them or written a longer book.
breakingthesystem
Product arrived on time and the seller was great to work with. Product arrived in the condition described, would gladly do business with again.
TheJonnyTest
I used it for graduate work but caught too many issues to give it 5 stars.
SiIеnt
Hit him quoting too much misinformation as fact. A work for undergraduates completing a minor at best.

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