The Greeks and Their Past
Poetry, Oratory and History in the Fifth Century Bce
Investigates the field of memory in the literature of the fifth century BCE. Covers poetry and oratory as well as the works of the first Greek historians, Herodotus and Thucydides, and offers a fresh assessment of the rise of Greek historiography.
Jonas Grethlein is Professor of Classics at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg. He studied at Gottingen, Oxford and Freiburg before holding positions at Harvard and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2006 he received the prestigious Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz award for junior scholars. In addition to numerous articles he has published Asyl und Athen. Die Konstruktion kollektiver Identitat in der griechischen Tragodie (2003) and Das Geschichtsbild der Ilias. Eine Untersuchung des Geschichtsbildes der Ilias aus phanomenologischer und narratologischer Perspektive (2006) and edited (with A. Rengakos) Narratology and Interpretation: The Content of Narrative Form in Ancient Literature (forthcoming).