The Interaction between ‘History’ and ‘Story’ in Roman Historiography

Facts or fiction? Post-truth in the Roman historians. Introduction This essay examines the way in which ancient historiography makes use of rhetorical and even fictional devices (dramatic poetry as well as the novel) to dramatize in writing down events which the historians obviously consider as being important for their judgement, ideologically or otherwise biased, of[…]

Time, Tense, and Temporality in Ancient Greek Historiography

An approach to Greek historiography that establishes a new angle by tackling the relationship between historiography and time. Introduction One of the most important trends in recent scholarship on ancient historiography is to explore how historical meaning is constructed through the form of narrative. This essay argues that the narratives of ancient historians can and[…]

A Trail in the Moselle Valley, Ancient Roman Wine Country

The Moselle River owes its name to the Romans, who called it Mosella or ‘little Meuse’. Introduction The Moselle Valley is Germany’s oldest winegrowing region. The Romans brought viticulture to this area and planted vines along the Moselle River 2000 years ago. After settling the region c. 50 BCE and establishing the city of Trier (Augusta Treverorum) in[…]

The Life and Works of Cassius Dio, Historian in Ancient Rome

Cassius Dio is best known for his 80-volume Roman History. Introduction Cassius Dio (c. 164 – c. 229/235 CE) was a Roman politician and historian. Although he held a number of political offices with distinction, he is best known for his 80-volume Roman History. The work took 22 years to complete, was written in Attic Greek, and follows Roman history[…]

Historical Research: Chaos from Past to Present

History is a thing that comprises a variety of events from different aspects of life as well as different angles. History may well relate to politics, social life, art, economics, et cetera. Assuming that history as a subject tends to advance one’s critical thinking, students are snowed under with written discourses so that they try[…]

Are Historians Still Ambivalent about Getting Published Online?

Cambridge University Digital History Seminar graphic A survey indicates the answer is yes. By Dr. Robert B. Townsend / 04.29.2018 Director American Academy of Arts and Sciences As earlier reports on historians’ use of technology demonstrated, most historians are gathering materials, analyzing their findings, and writing their scholarship in digital form. Curiously, however, a national survey in fall[…]

How Do We Know Which Historical Accounts Are True?

The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy, by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1773) / National Gallery, Wikimedia Commons Oral traditions provide valuable information, and proper historiography can discern as much likely truth as possible in combination with other sources. By Dr. Stephen E. Nash / 09.21.2018 Archaeologist and Historian of Science Denver Museum of Nature & Science It[…]

Byzantine Historiography from the End of Antiquity to 1453

Byzantine Constantinople (modern Istanbul), c.1000 CE / Wikimedia Commons Surveying the many written sources for Byzantine history. By Dr. Dimitris Krallis Associate Professor of Byzantine History Simon Fraser University The role of historiography in Byzantium In Byzantium, historiography (the writing of history) was mainly a pastime for highly educated civil servants, some active in administration, the[…]

Using Physics to Read Scrolls from Herculaneum

Teeming with secrets… edella/Shutterstock European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them. By Dr. Joanna Paul / 01.29.2015 Lecturer in Classical Studies The Open University The [2014] announcement that European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them attracted widespread attention. At first glance, this[…]

Transnational History: Subject and Approach

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Creative Commons By Dr. Klaus Kiran Patel / 12.03.2010 Professor and Chair of European and Global History Maastricht University Abstract This article delineates the subject and approach of transnational history and relates it to European history. It shows that transnational history was neither developed specifically for European history nor had its origins in[…]

Comparative History

By Dr. Thomas Welskopp / 12.03.2010 Professor of Philosophy and Theology Universität Bielefeld Abstract This article traces the fate of historical comparison in the discipline of history and discusses its function, capacities, and theoretical and methodological foundations. So long as the discipline of history was informed by historicism and thus emphasized individuality, it was profoundly[…]

‘Historical Mesoregion’: A Concept in Cultural Studies and Historiography

Location of geographical mesoregion of Mezőföld (red) and macroregion of Alföld (gray) within subdivisions of Hungary. / By Miaow Miaow, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Stefan Troebst / 03.06.2012 Professor of Cultural History and Eastern Europe University of Leipzig Introduction The research design of “historical meso-regions” (Geschichtsregionen) is a transnational comparative method that has been developed in the historical subdiscipline of[…]

The New Face of Provenance Research in Art History

Many new web-based tools are available for provenance research—digitized archival resources as well as queryable databases from individual collecting institutions 70 years after World War II and 20 years after an international accord to identify Nazi-looted art, more resources are becoming available to trace artworks’ stories and find their owners. By Kelly Davis / 02.27.2018[…]

A Transcultural History of Europe – Perspectives from the History of Migration

Migrants are escorted through fields by police as they are walked from the village of Rigonce to Brezice refugee camp on October 23, 2015 in Rigonce, Slovenia. Thousands of migrants marched across the border between Croatia into Slovenia as authorities intensify their efforts to attempt to cope with Europe’s largest migration of people since World[…]

Early American Historiography at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Photo by Henry Mühlpfordt / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Mark Boonshoft / 08.26.2017 Assistant Professor of History Norwich University 1966 was a transformative year in popular music. The Beatles released Revolver; Dylan put out Blonde on Blonde; and the Beach Boys dropped Pet Sounds. Even fifty years later, those three albums sit atop many respectable lists of the best all time albums.[…]