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Shaping the Geography of Empire: Man and Nature in Herodotus' Histories

Katherine Clarke


This is a book about the multiple worlds that Herodotus creates in his narrative. The constructed landscape in Herodotus’ work incorporates his literary representation of the natural world from the broadest scope of continents right down to the location of specific episodes. His ‘charging’ of those settings through mythological associations and spatial parallels adds further depth and resonance. The physical world of the Histories is in turn altered by characters in the narrative whose interactions with the natural world form part of Herodotus’ inquiry, and add another dimension to the meaning ... More

Keywords: Herodotus, geography, landscape, imperial power, nature, moral judgement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Clarke, author
Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and Associate Professor in Ancient History, University of Oxford

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