Theopompus of Chios: History and Rhetoric in the Fourth Century BC (Paperback)
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Short Description for Theopompus of Chios Theopompus of Chios was one of the most important ancient Greek historians of the fourth century BC. This study explores his historical method and the intellectual milieu in which he lived.
- Published: 12 February 1998
- Format: Paperback 276 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780198152439 ISBN 10: 0198152434
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Theopompus of Chios was one of the most important ancient Greek historians of the fourth century BC. Although his work has survived only in fragments - as quotations and paraphrases in later writers - these are still a rich and vital source of information for Greek political, social, and intellectual history during the age of Philip of Macedon. This book explores both Theopompus' historical method and the intellectual milieu in which he worked, whilst the fragments themselves are placed in 'context' by examining where and why they are cited by later authors. Through this illuminating and original study, the author leads up to some important new conclusions about historical writing in the fourth century BC: he argues that there was no so-called Isocratean school of rhetorical history; that Theopompus used moral explanations typical of Greek thought to account for historical changes; and that oral tradition, as opposed to rhetorical invention, was still vibrant in the fourth century. Professor Flower also provides a critical method for evaluating Theopompus' historical accuracy. All Greek in the book is translated.