Greek and Roman Historiography is a collection of important articles from the last thirty years which treat the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans thought about and wrote their histories. Six of these articles have been translated into English for the first time. Avoiding issues such as sources and reliability which were the concern of earlier scholarship, the contributors focus much more on how the ancients themselves engaged with their past: the
relationship between myth and history; the role of memory and oral tradition as they shaped both Greek and Roman notions of the past; the role of the historian in giving form and meaning to his history; and the different notions of historical truth and falsehood. A specially written introduction places the
essays in the larger context of earlier and more recent trends in the study of Greek and Roman historiography.
John Marincola is Leon Golden Professor of Classics, Florida State University
Introduction ; I. CONSTRUCTING THE PAST: MYTH, MEMORY AND HISTORY ; 1. Thucydides is Not a Colleague ; 2. Myth, History, Politics - Ancient and Modern ; 3. Genealogy and the Genealogists ; 4. Some Aspects of Source Theory in Greek Historiography ; 5. The Tradition about Early Rome and Oral History ; 6. Memoria and Historiography at Rome ; 7. Etruscan Historiography ; II. RHETORIC, TRUTH, AND FALSEHOOD ; 8. Cicero and Historiography ; 9. Cicero and the Writing of History ; 10. Ancient Views on the Causes of Bias in Historical Writing ; 11. Lying Historians: Seven Types of Mendacity ; 12. True History and False History in Classical Antiquity ; III. HISTORY AND POETRY ; 13. The Historical 'Cycle' ; 14. History and Tragedy ; 15. Poetry and Historiography