Ancient Greek History During The Time Of Herodotus And Thucydides

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The purpose of ancient Greek History during the time of Herodotus and Thucydides was a period of developing methods for the study of the past, documentation of wars, and creating historical and entertaining stories for the people. It was the time of initial inquiry of developing an understanding of the beginning of the story as well as the methods to gain this information. Roman historians of Polybius, Titus Livius Patavinus, Publius Tacitus, benefited from the previous establishment of historical methods and some generally accepted stories of ancient era. They were advancing historical lessons into philosophical theory, documenting the influences of clashing cultures and the dominance of a new empire.

The Greek historians purpose focused on the existence of Greek empire as the origin of all culture and its eternal existence. Herodotus observation of the great Persian war developed into documentation of the greatness of the Hellenistic advances, cultural aspects of Greece, and using history to produce the desired effect on the public.1 (ref 17). Thucydides may have differed in methods from his counterpart but he also focused on Greece from the Peloponnesian war to his works on the documentation of the Polis and the weakening of the Greek Empire. The pressures on objectivity at the time were in the desire to depict Greece as the internal birthplace of all culture and perhaps discount any foreign or advancing cultures. Although both had their purposes limited by…

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