Erga

Monti, Giustina and Skufca, Alexander (2021) Erga. In: The Herodotus Encyclopedia. Wiley, pp. 521-524. ISBN 9781118689646

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The Greek term erga covers a broad range of meaning in Herodotus’ Histories. It can describe both physical monuments as well as deeds, but in both cases refers specifically to achievements of humanity. In the proem, Herodotus writes that his work is intended to preserve human erga from losing their fame. Each ergon is directly tied to an individual or group and serves as a memorial of their achievement. Physical structures give testimony of the greatness of their author, and it falls to Herodotus to record and preserve the deeds of his subjects.

Keywords:achievement, deed, Herodotus
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q800 Classical studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:45144
Deposited On:09 Jun 2021 09:08

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