Greek and Roman Historians by Michael Grant
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It is today widely accepted that we do not get the whole truth from any historian. Greek and Roman Historians considers the work of ancient historians such as Herotudus, Tacitus and Thucydides in the the light of this attitude. In an enlightening new study, Michael Grant argues that misinformation, even deliberate disinformation, is abundant in their writings.
Grant, one of the world's greatest writers of ancient history, suggests new ways of reading and interpreting the ancient historians which maximise their usefulness as source material. He demonstrates how the evidence they provide can be augmented by the use of other, literary and non-literary, sources.
Greek and Roman Historians shows us how we can use written history to learn about the ancient world, even if our conclusions are not those its historians intended. The author argues that their work remains our most important source of information, once we have learned to question and incorporate their imperfect regard for the truth.
Grant's account is an indispensible guide to the sources and their interpretation for all students of ancient history.

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About the Authors: Michael Grant is a well-known classical scholar and the author of many books on classical mythology. John Hazel, also a classical scholar, is the editor of an edition of Ovid's poetry.
Published August 2, 2004 by Routledge. 190 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Although many ancient authors were superb writers, Grant argues, ``one must expect a good deal of inadequacy and misinformation from the ancient historians.'' This is due, he contends, not only to the pervasive difficulty historians and journalists of any age encounter in finding out what is goin...

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