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By Ann Curthoys, John Docker

The connection among background and fiction has regularly been a debatable one. will we ever understand ancient narrative is giving us a real account of what really occurred? Provocative and engaging, this ebook is an unique and insightful exam of the ways that historical past is - and may be - written. It lines History's double...

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So long as the Athenians in their leadership respected our independence, we followed them with enthusiasm. But when we saw that they were becoming less and less antagonistic to Persia and more and more interested in enslaving their own allies, then we became frightened. 10) The Mytilenians felt what they perceived as Athens’ imperial arrogance was becoming increasingly insufferable: as indeed did many in the empire, for revolts and attempts to secede became more and more common in the Ionian allied or subject states as the war went on.

In democracy, he says, there will always be malpractices, with close friendships formed by those engaged in them, until a man stands forth as champion of the commonalty against the evil-doers, usually leading to the eclipse of democracy and rise of monarchy, a single leader. 88–9), it was Darius who became king. In what we might call now an anti-Orientalist spirit, Herodotus tells us that the Persians were not necessarily anti-democratic. 43). In general Herodotus is not dismissive in an absolutist Orientalist way of the Persians.

In Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics Bakhtin constructs a contrast between Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as two opposing kinds of author-narrators. In Tolstoy’s monologic fiction, Bakhtin feels, Tolstoy as author dominates his text; the author, all-knowing and all-controlling, constructs his characters, juxtaposes and contrasts them one to another, and then evaluates them; the author does not speak with but about them; the characters are not active subjects but become objects of his fixed authoritative gaze, his all-encompassing field of vision.

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