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The Development of Greek Biography

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$19.00 • £15.95 • €17.00

ISBN 9780674200418

Publication Date: 01/01/1993


127 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Carl Newell Jackson Lectures


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

With urbane wit and omnivorous scholarship this little book gives great pleasure and profit. It succeeds admirably in its declared aims, improving the available foundations for advance work and exploring with sensitivity the subtle variations of Greek experiments in biographic writing before Plutarch against their shifting intellectual and cultural background, and their changing relationships with more orthodox historiography. In particular, Momigliano shows convincingly that Greek biography was neither wholly ‘Socratic’ in origin and conception, nor in its more mature state the product and monopoly of the Aristotelian School… An extensive classified bibliography of very great interest and value for all topics covered by the book and many more [adds] a final touch of distinction to an exegesis which shows all the mastery that we have come to expect of its eminent author.—R. G. Lewis, Classical Review

Tightly packed and brilliantly intelligent… There are two interesting features about this book. One of them is the examination, in some depth, of a significant subject. The other is the satisfaction to be derived from reading the conclusions based on many years of incisive study, reached by an exceptional scholar.The Times Literary Supplement

Lucid and authoritative… Every page glistens with acute observations and epigrammatic insights worth whole chapters.—A. J. Podlecki, Classical World

Books by Momigliano, the foremost contemporary student of ancient historiography, are rare treats… [An] elegantly written book.Choice

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