When one assumes the ethos of writing history: Polybius’ historiographical neologisms

Monti, Giustina (2022) When one assumes the ethos of writing history: Polybius’ historiographical neologisms. In: The Authoritative Historian: Tradition and Innovation in Ancient Historiography. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781009159456

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Abstract

The chapter examines historiographical digressions where Polybius comes up with words or expressions which he uses in a new way. It investigates how such expressions are re-invented and revisited by Polybius with the intention of establishing his own authority over his colleagues, and within the previous and well-populated historiographical tradition. Besides analysing positive expressions, the chapter explores how some of Polybius’ historiographical neologisms are used to attack his predecessors and to flesh out a negative paradigm of the bad historian. It concludes that, in doing so, Polybius aims at forging his own philosophy of history, and that he uses such neologisms to describe his new ideas on what historiography is about and how a historian should behave.

Keywords:apeiria, Fabius Pictor, Heraclitus, kata meros, Phylarchus, Philinus, Plato, Polybius, Timaeus, Universal history
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q720 Classical Greek Literature
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q710 Classical Greek Language
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q990 Linguistics, Classics and related subjects not elsewhere classified
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q800 Classical studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q700 Classical Greek studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:50427
Deposited On:12 Aug 2022 13:51

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