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A Historical Commentary on Herodotus Book 6 (Mnemosyne, by Lionel Scott

By Lionel Scott

This quantity deals a old and real observation on Herodotus booklet 6. The introductory discussions contain one at the history to the Ionian insurrection and the function of Histiaeus. The observation goals to evaluate the truth at the back of Herodotus' textual content: the rebellion and its aftermath; a number of the elements of Spartan affairs in the midst of the publication; Datis' invasion of Eretria and Attica; and Miltiades' excursion the subsequent yr. fabric that can't very easily be handled within the statement itself, and a few comparable issues that benefit attention, are thought of in a sequence of appendices. those contain discussions of Cleomenes' insanity relating to his actions in Arcadia, and the Argive response to his victory at Sepeia

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Also, as detail in popular tradition got lost over time, so there grew a generalised polis version which mainly stressed how their fathers had fought bravely; Aristophanes could eventually exploit it with his Marayvnomãxai (and cf n. 61 One type of deformation noted by Thomas is in fourth century oratory, where the speaker refers to a past event, often with no great accuracy, to make a forensic point for his case. 2(g) and Appx 10 paras 6, 13; and Appx 18 para 16. 59 For the considerable element of popular tradition, some of which can be read as derogatory, in §§121–131, see Thomas (1989) 247–51, 261–81, discussed in the note to §§121–4; generally on his Athenian sources, Forsdyke (2001) 330–1.

22). Murray (2001a) 32–3 = (1987) 106–7 (so id CAH IV2 470–2) argues that oral traditions in Ionia differed from those on the mainland in that they lacked political deformation, but did attract folkloristic and moral patterns. That would include the Histiaeus biography (p. 63 Sparta might be a special case. g. 65–68, and most of §§51–60. 39–48, appears to reflect sources who supported one or other of the royal houses; as well as Agiads who disapproved of Cleomenes. The story of Demaratos’ birth seems to be a special case, a mixture of pro-and anti-Eurypontid stories.

His sources could not give him the details which the Persian expeditions in book 6 lack (n. 50). Elsewhere, we might note §83, that doËloi took over the government in Argos. We may doubt that it reflects real insight into the actual status of men who were elevated; it is more probable that he simply repeated what aristocratic Dorian Argives disdainfully said about the lower orders, without further enquiry (see ad loc and Appx 15 para 12). 3, he would not doubt 67 We have no idea how costly papyrus was in Herodotus’ day and whether that would inhibit him from using it for notes.

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