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Essays in Ancient and Modern Historiography

With a new Foreword by Anthony Grafton

Arnaldo Momigliano was one of the foremost classical historiographers of the twentieth century. This collection of twenty-one carefully selected essays is remarkable both in the depth of its scholarship and the breadth of its subjects. Moving with ease across the centuries, Momigliano supplements powerful readings of writers in the Greek, Jewish, and Roman traditions, such as Tacitus and Polybius, with writings that focus on later historians, such as Vico and Croce. Charmingly written and concise, these pieces range from review essays reprinted from the New York Review of Books to treatises on the nature of historical scholarship. Essays in Ancient and Modern Historiography is a brilliant reminder of Momigliano’s profound knowledge of classical civilization and his gift for deftly handling prose.
            With a new Foreword by Anthony Grafton, this volume is essential reading for any student of classics or historiography.

406 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012

History: Ancient and Classical History

Table of Contents

Arnaldo Momigliano: The Historian of History
by Anthony Grafton


List of Abbreviations
1. A Piedmontese View of the History of Ideas
2. The Fault of the Greeks
3. Eastern Elements in Post-Exilic Jewish, and Greek, Historiography
4. Athens in the Third Century B.C. and the Discovery of Rome in the Histories of Timaeus of Turomenium
5. The Historian’s Skin
6. Polybius’ Reappearance in Western Europe
7. Did Fabius Pictor Lie?
8. Pagan and Christian Historiography in the Fourth Century A.D.
9.  The Lonely Historian Ammianus Marcellinus
10. Popular Religious Beliefs and the Late Roman Historians
11. Tradition and the Classical Historian
12. Time in Ancient Historiography
13. The First Political Commentary on Tacitus
14. Perizonius, Niebuhr and the Character of Early Roman Tradition
15. Vico’s Scienza Nuova: Roman ‘Bestioni’ and Roman ‘Eroi’
16. Mabillon’s Italian Disciplies
17. Introduction to the Griechische Kulturgeschichte by Jacob Burckhardt
18. J. G. Droysen between Greeks and Jews
19. The Ancient City of Fustel de Coulanges
20. Reconsidering B. Croce (1866–1952)
21. Historicism Revisited


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