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Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Edited by Emily Baragwanath [[missing key: and]] Mathieu de Bakker

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693979
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745324 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.001.0001
Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

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The Helen <i>Logos</i> and Herodotus’ Fingerprint

Irene de Jong.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 7006 words.

Herodotus' discussion of the Trojan War in Histories 2.112–20 consists mainly of two strands: a historiographical evaluation of his sources, Homer and the Egyptian priests (116–17, 120),...

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Herodotus and Eastern Myths and <i>Logoi</i>: Deioces the Mede and Pythius the Lydian

Rosalind Thomas.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 8839 words.

This chapter examines the looser type of legend and story patterns familiar to Herodotus' audience. It considers the possibility of legends and stories that seem to belong primarily to the...

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Herodotus and the ‘Myth’ of the Trojan War

Suzanne Said.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 7742 words.

This chapter examines the allusions in the Histories to what we nowadays call the ‘myth’ of the Trojan War. It first attempts to define its status: where should it be placed on Herodotus'...

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Herodotus and the Heroic Age: The Case of Minos

Rosaria V. Munson.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 8450 words.

In the fifth century, traditional myths about gods and heroes of a remote age still constituted a shared cultural language for speaking about a variety of more or less specific current...

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Herodotus on Melampus

Vivienne J. Gray.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 10644 words.

This chapter takes the two stories that Herodotus tells about the mythical seer, Melampus. It explains how his treatment combines his heritage of inquiry, poetry, and storytelling, and in...

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Herodotus’ Proteus: Myth, History, Enquiry, and Storytelling

Mathieu de Bakker.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 8464 words.

This chapter examines Herodotus' reshaping of Proteus to fit his historiographical narrative. By staging Proteus as king of Egypt in the Histories Herodotus breaks with the mythological...

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Introduction: Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus’ <i>Histories</i>

Emily Baragwanath and Mathieu de Bakker.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 24840 words.

This introductory chapter focuses on myth and its multiple relationships with the concepts of truth and narrative, both within Herodotus' Histories and between the work and its context....

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Myth and Legend in Herodotus’ First Book

Carolyn Dewald.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 11402 words.

Herodotus has constructed a dense legendary and mythic framework comprised of the genealogies, the various forms of mythic background, and the religious thômata (‘wonders’), on which the...

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Myth and Truth in Herodotus’ Cyrus Logos

Charles C. Chiasson.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 8565 words.

This chapter explores the ostensible contradiction between Herodotus' allegedly true story of the Persian king Cyrus' rise to power (1.95–130) and the mythical features of the logos itself....

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The Mythical Origins of the Medes and the Persians

Pietro Vannicelli.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 5632 words.

This chapter considers the rich set of traditions Herodotus reports about the origins of the Medes and the Persians. It first investigates the traditions regarding Perseus and his...

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Mythology and the Expedition of Xerxes

A. M. Bowie.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 7704 words.

This chapter considers the role that mythology plays in the later, somewhat more ‘historical’ part of Herodotus' work, to see whether there is anything qualitatively different in the way...

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Returning to Troy: Herodotus and the Mythic Discourse of his own Time

Emily Baragwanath.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 11167 words.

Herodotus articulates the continuing presence and relevance of myth in the world of the fifth century. This chapter begins by examining an episode near the end of the Histories, where...

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‘Strangers are from Zeus’: Homeric <i>Xenia</i> at the Courts of Proteus and Croesus

Elizabeth Vandiver.

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

August 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 10643 words.

This chapter discusses Herodotus' use of the Homeric concept of xenia in the Histories. It argues that the appearance of xenia in key passages reflects the importance of Homeric epic and of...

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