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Herodotus and his WorldEssays from a Conference in Memory of George Forrest$
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Peter Derow and Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253746.001.0001

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Authorial Voice and Narrative Management in Herodotus

Authorial Voice and Narrative Management in Herodotus

(p.3) 1 Authorial Voice and Narrative Management in Herodotus
Herodotus and his World

Roger Brock (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Herodotus exhibits a distinctive authorial persona: stylistic features such as prospective sentences, anticipatory constructions, and ring-composition advance the narrative and mark its progress, while signposting and transitional markers lead the audience through it. He alludes to the progress of the narrative, provides cross-references, and asides which serve as explanatory footnotes; engages with the audience in rhetorical questions and second-person addresses, and in other ways reveals his thinking. This is not a product of naïve oral style: he is capable of sophisticated periodic prose, and the work is artfully structured; rather it is a deliberate response to his complex and multifarious material and its broad time-frame and large cast, designed to reassure and guide his audience and to establish his authority.

Keywords:   Herodotus, authorial persona, periodic prose

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