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Lucian, How To Write History, 50


nanAll this, however, with moderation; a subject is not to be ridden to death; no neglect of proportion, no childish engrossment, but easy transitions. He should call a halt here, while he crosses over to another set of operations which demands attention; that settled up, he can return to the first set, now ripe for him; he must pass swiftly to each in turn, keeping his different lines of advance as nearly as possible level, fly from Armenia to Media, thence swoop straight upon Iberia, and then take wing for Italy, everywhere present at the nick of time. He has to make of his brain a mirror, unclouded, bright, and


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1. Herodotus, Histories, None (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3.38. I hold it then in every way proved that Cambyses was quite insane; or he would never have set himself to deride religion and custom. For if it were proposed to all nations to choose which seemed best of all customs, each, after examination, would place its own first; so well is each convinced that its own are by far the best. ,It is not therefore to be supposed that anyone, except a madman, would turn such things to ridicule. I will give this one proof among many from which it may be inferred that all men hold this belief about their customs. ,When Darius was king, he summoned the Greeks who were with him and asked them for what price they would eat their fathers' dead bodies. They answered that there was no price for which they would do it. ,Then Darius summoned those Indians who are called Callatiae, who eat their parents, and asked them (the Greeks being present and understanding through interpreters what was said) what would make them willing to burn their fathers at death. The Indians cried aloud, that he should not speak of so horrid an act. So firmly rooted are these beliefs; and it is, I think, rightly said in Pindar's poem that custom is lord of all.
2. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 3.3 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

3. Polybius, Histories, 1.4.1 (2nd cent. BCE - 2nd cent. BCE)

4. Dionysius of Halycarnassus, Letter To Pompeius Geminus, 3.1-3.6 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5. Lucian, How To Write History, 39-42, 51, 61, 29 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

6. Lucian, A True Story, 1.26 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



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autopsy Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 218
dionysius of halicarnassus, ethos (character) Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
dionysius of halicarnassus, explicit assessment of historiographers by Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
dionysius of halicarnassus, rhetorical works Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
dionysius of halicarnassus Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
ethnography Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 218
historiography, genre of Bay, Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity: The Historiography, Exemplarity, and Anti-Judaism of Pseudo-Hegesippus (2022) 8
lucian, as self-conscious reception artist Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 195
lucian, how to write history Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 195
lucian, ideas of truth in Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 195
lucian, relation to historiography Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 195, 218
lucian, representations of subjectivity in Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 218
lucian, self-othering in Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 218
lucian Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 195, 218
lucian of samosata' Bay, Biblical Heroes and Classical Culture in Christian Late Antiquity: The Historiography, Exemplarity, and Anti-Judaism of Pseudo-Hegesippus (2022) 8
persia and persians, persian wars, reception of Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
polybius Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
thucydides, assessment by dionysius of halicarnassus Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 41
wonder (thauma, thôma) Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 218