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The Development of Greek Biography

The Development of Greek Biography

Expanded Edition

Arnaldo Momigliano

ISBN 9780674200418

Publication date: 01/01/1993

Tracing the growth of ancient biography from the fifth century to the first century B.C., Arnaldo Momigliano asks fruitful questions about the origins and development of Greek biography. By clarifying the social and intellectual implications of the fact that the Greeks kept biography and autobiography distinct from historiography, he contributes to an understanding of a basic dichotomy in the Western tradition of historical writing. The Development of Greek Biography is fully annotated, and includes a bibliography designed to serve as an introduction to the study of biography in general.

This classic study is now reissued with the addition of Momigliano’s essay “Second Thoughts on Greek Biography” (1971).


  • Momigliano sets out to ‘provide an elementary but independent introduction to an important problem: the separation of biography and historiography.’ The result is a small, compact book of great importance… The book is a pleasure to read and to study.

    —F. W. Walbank, History and Theory

Book Details

  • 127 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press