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The Inheritance of Historiography 350–900

Christopher Holdsworth and T.P. Wiseman


To what extent did the historians of the early Middle Ages inherit the aims and methods of Greek and Roman historiography? How far were they influenced by classical conventions about literary genre, rhetorical technique, and political subject-matter? A conference held in Exeter in 1985 brought together a number of distinguished scholars to discuss these questions. This book presents nine of the contributions, on representative authors from the fourth century to the ninth. Together they provide an authoritative guide to the contrasts and continuities in history-writing from Byzantium to Alfred' ... More

Keywords: early Middle Ages, Roman historiography, classical conventions, literary genre, rhetorical technique, political subject-matter, fourth century, history-writing, Byzantium, Alfred's Wessex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1986 Print ISBN-13: 9780859892728
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859892728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Holdsworth, editor

T.P. Wiseman, editor
Exeter University