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Author Grethlein, Jonas
Title Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography : Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Chapter 1 Introduction -- I. Experience and teleology -- II. From 'narrative sentences' to 'futures past' -- III. Narrative and experience -- 'The New Romanticists' -- Narrative re-experience -- Re-experience in historiographic narrative -- Narrative re-experience and enargeia -- IV. Outline -- Goals -- Focus -- Synopsis -- Part I Experience: making the past present -- Chapter 2 Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War -- I. Phormion's double victory (2.83-92) -- Graphic description and tense -- Internal focalization -- Speeches -- Composition -- II. The capitulation of Mytilene (3.25-35) -- Internal focalization and composition -- Narrative and narrated time -- 'Sideshadowing' -- Indirect evaluation -- III. Teleology and authorial presence -- Chapter 3 Xenophon, Anabasis -- I. Graphic description and internal focalization -- The gaze of Cyrus -- Internal focalization through Xenophon -- II. Speeches -- Speeches of Clearchus and Tissaphernes -- Xenophon's justificatory speeches -- III. 'Sideshadowing': the motif of colonization -- A colony as Persian fear and last resort of the Greeks -- Xenophon's aspirations as oecist -- IV. Narrative closure and historical telos -- Nostos and narrative dynamic -- False endings -- Nostos dissipated -- V. The limits of mimesis -- Distribution of knowledge and prolepsis -- Narratorial interventions and ambiguity -- Source citations -- VI. Xenophon, epigone of Thucydides? -- Chapter 4 Plutarch, Alexander -- I. Enargeia in the Gaugamela narrative -- Narrative speed -- Internal focalization -- Further vivid scenes -- II. The drama of Alexander -- Theatre and self-fashioning -- Concern with fame -- Play-acting and reality -- III. Plutarch's narratorial presence -- Digressions and references to the present -- Citations and alternative versions
IV. Foreshadowing and teleology -- Foreshadowing -- Teleology: capture of Persia -- Alexander and other Lives -- V. Episodic structure -- Episodic structure and teleology -- Episodic structure and experience -- Vividness and teleology: the taming of Bucephalas -- VI. Enargeia and moralism -- The spatial notion of Plutarch's narrative -- Spatial narrative and moralism -- Chapter 5 Tacitus, Annals -- I. Germanicus' visit to the Teutoburg Forest -- Mimesis -- Mimesis reflected -- II. Ambiguity as mimetic device (i): the death of Germanicus -- An emperor's intrigue? -- Investigating Germanicus' death -- Tiberius and Tacitus -- III. Ambiguity as mimetic device (ii): the Pisonian Conspiracy -- 'Sideshadowing' -- Art and life -- Narratorial uncertainty -- IV. Teleology in the Annals- the Annals as telos -- Prolepses and teleology -- Historiography as telos -- History and agency -- Summary of Part I -- Part II Teleology: the power of retrospect -- Chapter 6 Herodotus, Histories -- I. How (not) to do history: Darius and Xerxes -- Darius and memorials -- Xerxes as recorder of his own deeds -- Xerxes' gaze and historian-like stance -- History East and West -- II. The teleological design of the Histories and its reading experience -- Digressions, prolepses and patterns -- Oracles -- III. The Histories' closure: teleology corroborated and undermined -- IV. Histories and oracles: 'signs' of past and future -- Histories, 'signs' of the past - oracles, 'signs' of the future -- Oracle on the past -- Histories on the present and future -- V. Socles' speech: Histories, oracles and shifting vantage points -- Oracular comment on Athens' tyranny -- The continuous proliferation of historical meaning -- Historicizing the Histories -- Chapter 7 Polybius, Histories -- I. Teleology: history and narrative -- The telos in universal historiography
Polybius' teleology, Aristotle's Poetics and German historicism -- The gap between res gestae and historia rerum gestarum -- II. Telos qualified -- The deferral of the telos -- -- III. A conspicuous narrator -- Digressions and anachronies -- Alternative versions and counterfactuals -- Rhetorical questions and exclamations -- IV. Reflections on mimetic historiography -- Polybius' critique of mimesis -- Polybius' critique reconsidered -- V. Mimetic narrative -- The battle at Zama (15.5.3-16) -- Mimesis in central passages -- VI. Polybius, Thucydides and Hellenistic historiography -- Chapter 8 Sallust, Bellum Catilinae -- I. A teleological view of Rome's history -- Teleology and archaeology -- Teleology and Catiline -- Teleology and imagery of disease -- Teleology and chronology -- II. Alternative views of the conspiracy in ancient and modern historiography -- III. Alternative views of the conspiracy within the BC (I): Catiline's letter -- IV. Alternative views of the conspiracy within the BC (II): Caesar's speech -- An alternative view of Rome's history -- An alternative assessment of Catiline -- V. Mimesis in the BC -- Sallust's un-Thucydidean and un-Tacitean voice -- The closure of the BC -- Ambiguity -- Summary of Part II -- Part III Beyond experience and teleology -- Chapter 9 Augustine, Confessions -- I. Conversion and experience -- Mimesis -- Mimesis undermined -- Life narrated and life lived -- II. Conversion and teleology -- Story and teleology -- Discourse and teleology -- Narrative frame and teleology -- III. Beyond experience and teleology -- Human time vs God's eternity -- The Confessions as transcendence of human temporality: spatial form -- IV. From Ricoeur to Augustine -- Chapter 10 Epilogue -- I. The fall of the Roman Republic: virtues and vices of hindsight -- II. Experiential narratives in contemporary historiography
Simon Schama, Citizens. A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989) -- Robert A. Rosenstone, Mirror in the Shrine (1988) -- Keith Hopkins, A World Full of Gods: Pagans, Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire (1999) -- Jonathan Walker, Pistols! Treason! Murder! The Rise and Fall of a Master Spy (2007) -- Experience in ancient and modern historiography -- III. Historiographic metafiction -- Bibliography -- Index locorum -- Index of Greek and Latin words -- General index
This book explores the tension in ancient historiography between teleological design and narrating the past as it was experienced by historical characters
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Grethlein, Jonas Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography : Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine New York : Cambridge University Press,c2013 9781107040281
Subject History, Ancient -- Historiography.;Rhetoric, Ancient -- Historiography.;History -- Methodology
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