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1. What are the Histories about?
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About this Lecture
In this module, we focus on the question of what the Histories are about, thinking in particular about the peculiar set of stories that ‘frame’ the whole work—the story of Candaules and Gyges at the beginning, and that of Xerxes, Xanthippus and Cyrus at the end.
In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the Histories of Herodotus. In the first module, we discuss what the Histories are actually about, before thinking about the form of the Histories—its overall structure, as well as Herodotus’ use of source—in the second module. In the third module, we explore how Herodotus presents Greeks and non-Greeks by considering his presentation of the Battle of Marathon, before thinking in the fourth module about the purpose of the various seemingly ‘irrelevant’ stories that can be found throughout the Histories.
Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and of the British Academy. He works on Greek History (political, social, economic, cultural) and Greek Archaeology (field archaeology and art history) between 1000 B.C. and 200 B.C, and has published extensively across a range of topics.
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Osborne, R. (2018, August 15). Herodotus: Histories - What are the Histories about? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/herodotus-histories/what-are-the-histories-about
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