Brian Croke

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article traces the development of historiography in Late Antiquity. It highlights the delimited cultural circles where old and new forms of history writing were adapted and created from generation to generation as the Graeco-Roman world became progressively Christian. It explores the factors that shaped historiography, and the impact of Christianity on the changing realities of those who wrote and read history, and how history was composed and communicated. Late antique historiography was more culturally unified and less compartmentalised than previously thought.

Keywords: late antique period; late antique historiography; history writing; Christianity; rhetorical education

Article.  15335 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History

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