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History Seminar

Ancient History Seminars

How to write History: The Theory and Practice of the Ancient Historians

Mondays, 5.15 p.m. in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics.

In preparation for the new Part II C3 course on Historiography, this is more a reading group than a conventional seminar. Those attending are asked to read in advance the passages set for that week. There will be a brief introduction to the issues and then we will read and discuss (some of) the passages set.


17 October  

Thucydides: introduced by Paul Millett.

Read Thucydides 1.1–23; 2.34-46, 59-65; 4.102–7, 5.26, 84–106


24 October  

Polybius: introduced by Ben Raynor

Read Polybius 1. 1–4,14–15, 35; 2. 35, 56; 3.4, 22–8, 33, 47–8, 58–9; 4.2; 7.9; 9.25; 10.15; 12. 3–28; 31.23–25; 36.1; 38.19–22.


31 October  

Dionysius: introduced by Franco Basso

Read Dionysius Roman Antiquities 1.1–8, On Thucydides and Letter to Pompeius Geminus,


7 November

Josephus: introduced by Rebecca Flemming

Read Josephus Jewish Wars 1.1–16. Jewish Antiquities 1.1–3.


14 November          

Livy: introduced by John Patterson

Read Preface, 4.20; 6.1; 8.40; 9.2–3.21.1; 39.8–18; 43.13.


21 November

Tacitus: introduced by Chris Whitton

Read Tacitus Germania, Histories 1.3, 5.1–13; Annals 1.61–2; 4.


28 November

Lucian: introduced by Hannah Willey

Read On how History ought to be written.


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