Ancient History: Monuments and Documents by Charles W. Hedrick Jr.

By Charles W. Hedrick Jr.

This ebook introduces scholars to the manager disciplines, tools and resources hired in 'doing' historical background, in place of 'reading' it. The book:

  • Encourages readers to have interaction with ancient resources, instead of to be passive recipients of ancient stories
  • Gives readers a feeling of the character of facts and its use within the reconstruction of the earlier
  • Helps them to learn a historic narrative with extra serious appreciation
  • Encourages them to think about the diversities among their very own adventure of historic resources, and using those items in the way of life of old society
  • A concise bibliographical essay on the finish of every bankruptcy refers to introductions, indices, examine instruments and interpretations, and explains scholarly jargon
  • Written truly, concisely and concretely, invoking old illustrations and smooth parallels as applicable.

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    The idea is expressed particularly frequently in connection with agriculture. Perhaps the most famous statement is to be found in one of the choruses of Sophocles’ drama, the Antigone. Man’s art, the ability to grow crops, navigate the seas, hunt, and build have raised him above creation: “there are many awesome things, but none more than man” (332–75). Comparable ideas can be found associated with the notion of homo faber, man the builder: it is through technology that man opposes nature. Strabo provides another Roman instance of the thought.

    The traditional view of cultural geography, then, poses a problem for historicism, as historicism does for traditional cultural geography. Is the environment “outside of history,” that is, is human cultural geography natural or historical? The history of western thought about the relationship between culture and geography has been dominated by three ideas. The first, which emerges from religious beliefs, explains that the world is static, the product of rational design, created for the benefit of humanity: human prosperity or suffering depends on harmonious interaction with an eternal nature; nature exists for the purpose of satisfying human needs.

    Consequently the events of history can serve as a general model for present behavior. As we have seen, modern writers of history – that is, of historicizing history – insist on the primacy of context in historical interpretation, and for historicists the two chief determinants of context are time and place. To think of an historical event contextually, it is first necessary to articulate time and 30 GEOGRAPHY place into meaningful unities, fields of common historical play, in relation to which an event can be understood.

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