Volume I of The Oxford History of Historical Writing offers essays by leading scholars on the development and history of the major traditions of historical writing, including the ancient Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, and East and South Asia from their origins until ca. AD 600. It aims at once to provide an authoritative survey of the field and to provoke cross-cultural comparisons. This is the first of five volumes in a series that will explore representations of the past from the beginning of writing to the present day, and from all over the world.
Andrew Feldherr received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1991 and is currently Professor of Classics at Princeton University. His research focuses on Latin literature, primarily historiography and the poetry of the late republic and early empire. Grant Hardy is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has a B.A. in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D in Chinese Language and Literature from Yale.
1. Early Mesopotamia ; 2. Later Mesopotamia ; 3. Ancient Egypt ; 4. Historiography in Ancient Israel ; 5. Greek Inscriptions as Historical Writing ; 6. Early Greek Poetry as/and History ; 7. The Rise of Greek Historiography and the Invention of Prose ; 8. Hellenistic Historiography ; 9. Josephus ; 10. History and Inscriptions, Rome ; 11. Annales and Analysis ; 12. Imperial History and Biography at Rome ; 13. The Greek Historians of Imperial Rome ; 14. Imperial Christian Historiography ; 15. History and Inscriptions (China) ; 16. Chinese History and Philosophy ; 17. Pre-Qin Annals ; 18. Historiography and Empire ; 19. Sima Qian and the Shiji ; 20. The Han Histories ; 21. Historiography of the Six Dynasties Period (220-581) ; 22. Buddhism: Biographies of Buddhist Monks ; 23. Historical Traditions in Early India: c.1000 BC to c. AD 600 ; 24. Inscriptions as Historical Writing in Early India: Third Century BC to Sixth Century AD ; 25. Epilogue