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Journal Articles Incidenza dell'antico Year : 2010

Les historiens grecs entre la cité et l'exil

Pascal Payen


In his treatise How to write history Lucian states that «in his books» the historian should be «a foreigner and a man without a country, independent, subject to no sovereign». This statement is not a sophistic paradox. It comes from a long tradition regarding Greek historians, which considers a biographical accident – the situation of exile – as a necessary condition for historical inquiry. This paper aims at reconstructing this tradition, from Herodotus to Arrian, and at showing it to be one of the most important paradigms of historical knowledge.
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Pascal Payen. Les historiens grecs entre la cité et l'exil. Incidenza dell'antico, 2010, 8, p. 11-37. ⟨hal-01168107⟩
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