The Origins of Historical Writing in the Ancient West
General Catalog Course Title:
Sophomore Seminars
Terms Offered:
Spring 2014

The first historians of western civilization emerged in Israel, Greece, and Rome in the first millennium BC. They preserved information about the great empires, major personalities, and crucial events now lost to us; they established our major narratives of archetypal events such as the battle of Marathon, the foundation of Rome, and the spread of Christianity; and they have all been accused repeatedly of gross dishonesty in their portrayal of events. They are worthy of the attention of all students of both ancient history and historical writing. This course will explore how these historians constructed and presented their narratives. 

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