Ancient History: Monuments and Documents (Blackwell by Charles W. Hedrick Jr.

By Charles W. Hedrick Jr.

This ebook introduces scholars to the executive disciplines, tools and resources hired in 'doing' old historical past, instead of 'reading' it. The book:Encourages readers to interact with ancient assets, instead of to be passive recipients of old stories supplies readers a feeling of the character of proof and its use within the reconstruction of the previous is helping them to learn a ancient narrative with extra severe appreciation Encourages them to think about the variations among their very own event of historic resources, and using those gadgets in the way of life of old society A concise bibliographical essay on the finish of every bankruptcy refers to introductions, indices, learn instruments and interpretations, and explains scholarly jargon Written sincerely, concisely and concretely, invoking historic illustrations and glossy parallels as applicable.

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1–2). 2–8, 11–16). Another major strand of ancient thought deals with the ability of people to master their environment through technology. The idea is expressed particularly frequently in connection with agriculture. Perhaps the most famous statement is to be found in one of the choruses of Sophocles’ drama, the Antigone. Man’s art, the ability to grow crops, navigate the seas, hunt, and build have raised him above creation: “there are many awesome things, but none more than man” (332–75). Comparable ideas can be found associated with the notion of homo faber, man the builder: it is through technology that man opposes nature.

1985. For the historical relationship between biblical hermeneutics, historicism, and philology see Tzvetan Todorov, Symbolism and Interpretation, Ithaca 1982. Historical writing On the implications of writing for historiography, see for example the various essays of Eric Havelock, including Preface to Plato, New York 1967, and The Literate Revolution in Greece and its Cultural Consequences, Princeton 1982; more recently see François Hartog, The Mirror of Herodotus: The Representation of the Other in the Writing of History, Berkeley 1988, 260–309.

The move from a model in which a static nature has a determinative role to a conception in which humankind lives with nature in a mutable and developing symbiosis brings with it a change of emphasis. Instead of focusing on the impact of environment on character, historians concentrate instead on the medium of interaction between people and nature, that is, on technology, and more abstractly, on economics. It would be a mistake to imagine that the traditional determinative, characterological idea has vanished; the ideas persist, and continue to pop up in the most sophisticated analyses.

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