HIST 371: History Seminar

Inventing History: Herodotus and the Beginnings of Historical Writing.

Please note:

Due to a scheduling conflict, the seminar will not be able to meet on Tuesdays during the first half of the term; so, we will begin on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2:20-4:00. See you then!

The course syllabus is posted on my Web page. Visit the following URL: http://home.moravian.edu/users/hist/medgg01/Hdt.htm (On the College home page, click "Academics," then "Faculty Websites.") This note is also posted there; no need to write anything down now.

As you will see, your first assignment is to read Book 1 of Herodotus and Book 1 of Homer's Iliad. If you own a copy of Homer, dust it off; any translation is fine for our purposes. If you don't own a copy, you may access Book 1 of the Iliad on the Web (link provided on syllabus) or get it from Reeves.

Things to think about in Herodotus and Homer:

  1. What is similar, what different, in the ways the two authors tell their respective tales?
  2. How much space does each author devote to "direct address" (where one character speaks in his/her own words)? In Homer, count the lines.
  3. Did Solon really visit Croesus? What is the point of that story?