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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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Time for the polis: audiences and contexts

Time for the polis: audiences and contexts

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Making Time for the Past

Katherine Clarke (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the polis, and considers the value placed on its past, the importance of the proper telling of history, and its use in inter-polis diplomacy. It examines not only the comic theatre and public occasions such as the epitaphios, but also inscriptions, such as the Lindos Chronicle and the Parian Marble, which offer publicly displayed history and may reveal shared opinions and values. The chapter concludes by examining the striking honorific inscriptions for local historians, often itinerant rather than native, and considers issues of status, historiographical authority, and the implications of a semi-professional Mediterranean network of local historiography, recalling the Artists of Dionysus, for the close relationship between the polis and the telling of its past.

Keywords:   inter-polis diplomacy, comic theatre, epitaphios, Lindos Chronicle, Parian Marble, public displayed history, honorific inscriptions, itinerant, historiographical authority, Mediterranean network

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