Historical Agency and the 'Great Man' in Classical Greece
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Historical Agency and the 'Great Man' in Classical Greece

Sarah Brown Ferrario

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Historical Agency and the 'Great Man' in Classical Greece

Sarah Brown Ferrario

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About This Book

The 'great man' of later Greek historical thought is the long product of traceable changes in ancient ideas about the meaning and impact of an individual life. At least as early as the birth of the Athenian democracy, questions about the ownership of the motion of history were being publicly posed and publicly challenged. The responses to these questions, however, gradually shifted over time, in reaction to historical and political developments during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. These ideological changes are illuminated by portrayals of the roles played by individuals and groups in significant historical events, as depicted in historiography, funerary monuments, and inscriptions. The emergence in these media of the individual as an indispensable agent of history provides an additional explanation for the reception of Alexander 'the Great': the Greek world had long since been prepared to understand him as it did.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half title
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. List of tables
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Notes on translations, abbreviations, and transliterations
  10. 1 The search for the ‘great man’
  11. 2 Man, myth, and memory under the early Athenian democracy
  12. 3 Culture clash? Individuals and groups in the Histories of Herodotus
  13. 4 Claims to immortality: Memories of the Peloponnesian War
  14. 5 Into the fourth century: Learning one’s limits, knowing one’s place
  15. 6 Out beyond Athens: Historical agency in Sparta
  16. 7 A ‘new world order’? Philip II of Macedon
  17. 8 Alexander ‘the Great’
  18. 9 Conclusion
  19. Bibliography
  20. Index locorum
  21. Subject index