CLA237H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Human Events, Ethnography

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Hecataeus, Herodotus, and Historie
- Hecataeus from Miletus, innovator (around 500 BC). Wrote two prose works:
1. Systematic account of the ppls around the Mediterranean Basin, combining geography,
ethnography and politics
2. Analyzed genealogies: even in Greece, a few aristocrats still claimed to have gods as
ancestors and told stories to prove it and Hecataeus provided rational explanations for
these stories. While not denying the gods’ existence, Hecataeus underlined their separation
from humankind, increasing the need for rational accounts of human behavior
- Herodotus (Hecataeus’ successor). His account of Persian invasions was first systematic attempt
to explain human events in human terms. From Halicarnassus. Replied to Hecataeus.
Historie in Greek meant inquiry but now history means a rational orderly investigation
into human events. Describes study of past but for Herodotus historie included present
as well.
Wanted to preserve man’s great deed
Made speech at vital moments in story when he couldn’t possibly have known what was
said or whether anything was said at all
Presence of gods distinguished his text
Accepted reality of Gods but assumed causes and effects nonetheless normally lay in
human realm
Traveled, asked his own questions, weighed what he saw and heard, explained events as
he understood them. First to investigate systematically the human causes of human
events (Father of history)
484 BC
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While not denying the gods" existence, hecataeus underlined their separation from humankind, increasing the need for rational accounts of human behavior. His account of persian invasions was first systematic attempt to explain human events in human terms. Historie in greek meant inquiry but now history means a rational orderly investigation into human events. Describes study of past but for herodotus historie included present as well. Made speech at vital moments in story when he couldn"t possibly have known what was said or whether anything was said at all. Accepted reality of gods but assumed causes and effects nonetheless normally lay in human realm. Traveled, asked his own questions, weighed what he saw and heard, explained events as he understood them. First to investigate systematically the human causes of human events (father of history)

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