By Gabriele Marasco
Historic autobiography has been the thing of a number of experiences and conferences. even if, those have centred mainly at the philosophical and literary points. This publication goals to envision the improvement of political autobiography and memoirs within the Greek and Roman international, stressing, in its place, the relation of a unmarried paintings with the traditions of the style and in addition the impact of the respective goals of the authors at the composition of autobiographies. from time to time those works have been written as a way of propaganda in a political fight, or to guard a prior motion, and sometimes to provide fabric to historians. still, they nonetheless protect the non-public point of view and voice of the protagonists in all their vividness, whether distorted by way of the purpose of shielding their checklist. Political Autobiographies and Memoirs in Antiquity might be a hugely beneficial and helpful reference device for either students and scholars of Greek and Roman background and literature.
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Bowie (Leiden, ), –; also “Interventions and Citations in Xenophon, Hellenica and Anabasis,” Classical Quarterly (), –. 48 J. Marincola, Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, ), . Marincola speculates that this is from his Persica. ” 47 vivien j. ” The self that emerges here is the traditional inquirer. What then of self-representation outside statements of inquiry? ). –). Plutarch disbelieved the claim on the grounds that Xenophon knew his work but did not mention him in the negotiations.
Lenfant F), but no such stance is evident in the fragments even though it might be imagined that Ctesias needed to prove himself their friend in the required defensive manner. classical greece Sometimes, as in the famous scene in which Parysatis heard of the death of Cyrus, there is no sign of Ctesias’ presence in spite of his vivid writing (Demetrius, de Eloc. ). But Ctesias certainly placed himself center stage in his dealings with Clearchus in prison after the general had been seized and imprisoned by the Persians (Lenfant F = Photius – pp.
Introducing the self for the first time at a moment of crisis seems to be an autobiographical motif. 54 The effect is to provide maximum justification for the self-reference. Xenophon introduces himself in a way that is also autobiographically modest: “There was in the army an Athenian, Xenophon . . ” and he describes how he joined Cyrus in no military role, but as one of his circle of friends, and at the invitation of his friend Proxenus. ; they were deceived into thinking that they were joining a local war against the Pisidians): this seems to address mistaken impressions in the audience and possible criticism of their participation.
Political Autobiographies and Memoirs in Antiquity (Brill's Companions in Classical Studies) by Gabriele Marasco