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Herodotean Studies in the Twenty-First Century: developments and directions

Herodotean Studies in the Twenty-First Century: developments and directions Journal of Ancient History 2016; 4(1): 1­15 Area Review * DOI 10.1515/jah-2016-0007 Despite the frequent "observations" from our non-specialist and non-academic friends and peers that we as classicists have almost exhausted the topics for discussion when it comes to the study and analysis of ancient Classical primary texts and therefore the study of the Classics no longer has a way forward in terms of original research, as "experts" and "specialists" we frequently (often indignantly) respond to these "ignorant" observations by retorting that there is still a vast range of topics and themes to be explored when it comes to our beloved Classical literature. On one level at least and regarding one text in particular this retort is (perhaps surprisingly) fully justified. When it comes to the study of Herodotus' famous work, the Histories, despite the work's great antiquity and the plethora of modern scholarship on this classical text, we have arguably only scraped the surface when it comes to the exploration of the riches afforded by this extraordinary text. What do I mean by this? Have we not already exhausted the now legendary "to-do-list" left to us by the great Felix Jacoby? Herodotus' Histories is a text that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient History de Gruyter

Herodotean Studies in the Twenty-First Century: developments and directions

Journal of Ancient History , Volume 4 (1) – Jun 1, 2016

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Journal of Ancient History 2016; 4(1): 1­15 Area Review * DOI 10.1515/jah-2016-0007 Despite the frequent "observations" from our non-specialist and non-academic friends and peers that we as classicists have almost exhausted the topics for discussion when it comes to the study and analysis of ancient Classical primary texts and therefore the study of the Classics no longer has a way forward in terms of original research, as "experts" and "specialists" we frequently (often indignantly) respond to these "ignorant" observations by retorting that there is still a vast range of topics and themes to be explored when it comes to our beloved Classical literature. On one level at least and regarding one text in particular this retort is (perhaps surprisingly) fully justified. When it comes to the study of Herodotus' famous work, the Histories, despite the work's great antiquity and the plethora of modern scholarship on this classical text, we have arguably only scraped the surface when it comes to the exploration of the riches afforded by this extraordinary text. What do I mean by this? Have we not already exhausted the now legendary "to-do-list" left to us by the great Felix Jacoby? Herodotus' Histories is a text that

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Journal of Ancient Historyde Gruyter

Published: Jun 1, 2016

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