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Making Time for the PastLocal History and the Polis$
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Katherine Clarke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291083.001.0001

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‘City is history incarnate’: writing the past of the polis

‘City is history incarnate’: writing the past of the polis

(p.169) IV ‘City is history incarnate’:1 writing the past of the polis
Making Time for the Past

Katherine Clarke (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the fragments of Greek city-histories. It explores the relationship between ‘great’ historiography and local historiography, before examining how the configuration of time can contribute to these discussions, not least through the use of local and Panhellenic chronological systems. Although much attention has focused on Athens — partly because of the survival of evidence and the existence of Jacoby's Atthis, which has been fundamental in the study of local historiography — by considering the fragments of local histories from elsewhere in the Greek world, it is possible to see Atthidography as being typical of the attempts of many cities to formulate and present their pasts. On the other hand, the extant fragments of historiography from Attica and Sicily do have a different quality from those concerning other parts of the Greek world, and their status as bridges between local and universal is considered.

Keywords:   Greek city-histories, great historiography, local historiography, configuration of time, Panhellenic, chronological systems, Jacoby, Atthis, Atthidography, Sicily

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