Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography: Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine

@inproceedings{Grethlein2014ExperienceAT,
  title={Experience and Teleology in Ancient Historiography: Futures Past from Herodotus to Augustine},
  author={J. Grethlein},
  year={2014}
}
The past is narrated in retrospect. Historians can either capitalize on the benefit of hindsight and give their narratives a strongly teleological design or they may try to render the past as it was experienced by historical agents and contemporaries. This book explores the fundamental tension between experience and teleology in major works of Greek and Roman historiography, biography and autobiography. The combination of theoretical reflections with close readings yields a new, often… Expand
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