Lessons from the Past: The Moral Use of History in Fourth-century Prose
By: Frances Pownall (author)Hardback
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The interpretation of the past by 4th-century historians as a series of moral paradigms' had a major impact on later Greek and Roman historians. Frances Pownall's study presents an analysis of 4th-century authors and their texts within the context of historiography, literacy, orality and education in Athens. Beginning by outlining the intellectual climate of the late 5th century, Lessons from the Past examines the ways in which Plato, Xenophon, Ephorus and Theopompus created an aristocratic view of the past as an alternative to the democratic version of the oratorical tradition'.
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