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Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus

Emily Baragwanath


Herodotus sought to communicate not only what happened, but also the background of thoughts and perceptions that shaped those events and was also critical to their interpretation in retrospect. This book examines the representation of human motivation in Herodotus' Histories, building on recent work that views the historian against the background of the sophists and exploring the implications of this for the Histories' narrative books. Working from the theoretical basis of reader response criticism, it uses Plutarch's insights to plot Herodotus' narrative strategies for guiding his readers' re ... More

Keywords: Herodotus, the Histories, motives, motivation, narrative, narrative technique, historiography, reader response, rhetoric, freedom, characterization, sophists, Plutarch, Homer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Baragwanath, author
Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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