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Title: Clio's Cosmetics Three Studies in Greco-Roman Literature
Description: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, 1979. Hardcover. ISBN: 0847662063. Minor shelfwear to book and Dustjacket. Scholar's bookplate to inner cover (G. P. Goold). Includes stapled photocopied review by G. P. Goold on Wiseman tipped in. ; Clio is Muse of history, her cosmetics the adornments of rhetoric. Wiseman's influential book, first published in 1979 and now for the first time in paperback, concerns the writing of history during the first century BCE, when Rome was rapidly becoming the centre of the Greek, as much as her own, literary world. Historians, trained in the schools of rhetoric, prized elegant plausibility above the empirical objectivity we expect of them today. Legend and history intermingled; history and poetry overlapped. The book divides into three distinct parts. The first treats the problems that arise from reading first-century history as if it was written by modern non-rhetorical standards. The second examines the pseudo-history of the gens Claudia, fabricated in the first century and transmitted to us by Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. The third discusses Catullus' dedication of his poetry to the historian Cornelius Nepos against the background of the two authors' common intellectual heritage. Wiseman's book represents a significant contribution towards an appreciation of ancient historiography, of Greek preoccupations and their reception in Roman culture. It views history as rhetoric, as myth-making, and as poetry. ; 209 pages. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket .

Keywords: 0847662063 Study & Teaching Historical Study History Classical Greek & Roman Greek Literature Latin Language Roman History Latin Literature Greek History

Price: US$ 50.00 Seller: Ancient World Books
- Book number: 29774

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