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Stimmen der Geschichte

Funktionen von Reden in der antiken Historiographie

[Historical Voices. Functions of speeches in ancient historiography]

Ed. by Pausch, Dennis

Series:Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 284

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    December 2010
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    Aims and Scope

    A common narrative device in historical writing in antiquity was the use of speeches delivered by a historical person, which the historian composed and rendered in direct speech. This work presents, for the first time, a comprehensive comparison of how the most important historians in antiquity used this device. The focus on the historians’ speeches is less on their fictionality but on their different functions as literary technique. The essays in this volume explore how the speeches were used to characterize the speaker and other historical persons and to describe historical events from multiple perspectives.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    , 293 pages
    1 Fig. 2 Tables
    Type of Publication:
    Fiction; Historiography; Classical Philology; Narratology; Speeches

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    "In conclusione, dal vivace mondo accademico tedesco viene un contributo valido e concreto, fuor di retorica capace di porsi da qui in avanti come imprescindibile punto di riferimento non solo per ulteriori indagini sui rapporti fra storiografia e oratoria, ma pure per ricerche sul metodo di lavoro dei singoli storici, fornendo nuova linfa al dibattito sulla storiografia antica."
    Ilenia Achilli in: BMCR 2011.08.39

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