By Andrew Erskine
This Companion presents a entire creation to key issues within the learn of historical history.
* Examines the kinds of proof, difficulties, ways, and significant topics within the examine of historic historical past
* includes greater than forty essays, written via prime foreign students
* strikes past the first specialize in Greece and Rome with assurance of some of the cultures in the historical Mediterranean
* attracts at the most modern study within the box
* presents an important source for any pupil of historical historical past
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All of this is indisputable. We must recognize, however, that much more often, the Roman mirror, in addition to dissolving into a sea of rhetoric and worthless bibliography, has fuelled passions of conquest, imperialistic tendencies and tyrannies. In truth, the mirror fantasy today has an unconscious echo in the rhetoric of roots. In Europe this has recently provoked lively debates with reference to the text of the European Constitution. ) without consideration of the fact that the noun is much more venomous than all of its possible modiﬁers.
Pat. 6; cf. Polyb. 2–6). On the individual scale, this interest in rise and fall focused on the reversals of fortune of great men, either brought low by chance or fate, or (less commonly) dealt some great blow from which they rise again. 2). This interest in rise and fall sometimes revealed itself in a concern with moral decline. The destructive and long-lasting civil wars of the late republic engendered in the Romans in particular an obsession with explaining how their city, which had risen to such prominence by defeating one foreign foe after another, could then, although mistress of the Mediterranean, turn on itself and destroy itself from within as brother fought brother (Earl 1961: 41–59; Jal 1963: passim, esp.
And ﬁnally, and perhaps most importantly of all, Greeks and Romans – not all of them, of course, but many – approached ethnography with a sense of their own superiority, such that it could hardly be said that they were engaged in a dispassionate or neutral examination. Even when they took the opposite position – placing themselves as inferior to a foreign people, as Tacitus seems to do in the Germania – the portrait that arose was equally a timeless and idealized construction (R. Martin 1981: 49–58).