The Development of Greek Biography: Expanded Edition
by Arnaldo Momigliano
Harvard University Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-674-20041-8
Library of Congress Classification PA3043.M6 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 888.0109


Tracing the growth of ancient biography from the fifth century to the first century B.C., Arnaldo Momigliano asks fruitful questions about the origins and development of Greek biography. By clarifying the social and intellectual implications of the fact that the Greeks kept biography and autobiography distinct from historiography, he contributes to an understanding of a basic dichotomy in the Western tradition of historical writing. The Development of Greek Biography is fully annotated, and includes a bibliography designed to serve as an introduction to the study of biography in general.

This classic study is now reissued with the addition of Momigliano’s essay “Second Thoughts on Greek Biography” (1971).

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