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Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative

Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond

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In this collected volume fourteen experts in the fields of Classics and Ancient History study the textual strategies used by Herodotus and Livy when recounting the disastrous battles at Thermopylae and Cannae. Literary, linguistic and historical approaches are used (often in combination) in order to enhance and enrich the interpretation of the accounts, which for obvious reasons confronted the authors with a special challenge. Chapters drawing a comparison with other battle narratives and with other genres help to establish genre-specific elements in ancient historiography, and draw attention to the particular techniques employed by Herodotus and Livy in their war narratives.

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Lidewij van Gils obtained her PhD in 2009 with an analysis of the narrationes in Cicero's speeches. Currently, her focus is on Latin historiography and the linguistic aspects of common ground. She is assistant professor of Latin at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Irene J.F. de Jong is professor of Ancient Greek at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in the analysis and interpretation of the forms and functions of narrative (Homer, Herodotus, and Greek narrative at large), making use of the modern theory of narratology. Publications include A narratological commentary on the Odyssey (Cambridge 2001), Homer Iliad Book XXII (Cambridge 2012), and Narratology and Classics. A Practical Guide (Oxford 2014). Caroline Kroon, Ph.D. (1995), is professor of Latin at the University of Amsterdam. She is author of the monograph Discourse Particles in Latin (Gieben/Brill, 1995), and of many articles on discourse linguistic topics. Her current research is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach crossing the border between linguistics and literary studies.
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November 29th, 2018
Volume editor Caroline H.M. Kroon Volume editor Irene J.F. Jong Volume editor Lidewij van Gils
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