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Intro -- Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World -- Copyright -- Contents -- Series Editor's Preface -- Notes on Contributors -- Introduction -- Suggested Readings -- 1 On Being Historical -- References -- 2 The Task and Ritual of Historical Writing in Early China -- Prologue: The Historical Context -- Four Early, Influential Texts -- From Scribal Records to History -- Constructing an "Orderly" History -- The Subtleties of Revealing and Concealing -- Final Considerations -- Notes -- References -- 3 History and Primordium in Ancient Indian Historical Writing: Itihasa and Puraṇa in the Mahabhaata and Beyond -- Introduction -- History-writing in Ancient India -- The Genre Itihasa -- The Genre Purana -- Concluding Reflections -- Notes -- References -- 4 Historical Consciousness and Historical Traditions in Early North India -- Notes -- References -- 5 Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in Ancient Japan: The Nihon shoki as a Text of Transition -- Introduction -- The International Context of Writing History in Ancient Japan -- The Role of the Scribes -- Rulers and Scribes: Creating History for Multiple Audiences -- Notes in the Nihon Shoki -- The Readings of the Nihon Shoki -- The Yoro readings of the Nihon shoki -- The later readings -- Nihon Shoki and Kojiki -- Unbroken continuity -- Political and Official Function -- The Development of Nonofficial and Literary Genres -- Summary and Conclusion -- References -- 6 As the Dharmacakra Turns: Buddhist and Jain Macrohistorical Narratives of the Past, Present, and Future -- Introduction: Didactic Purposes and Institutional Value of Macrohistorical Narratives -- Genres of Buddhist and Jain History -- Jain genres of history -- Buddhist genres of hagiography and history -- Paradigms of Buddhist Rulership -- Aśoka's legacy as Dharmaraja -- Menander, an Indo-Greek emulator of Aśoka?.
Śaka intermediaries for Buddhist transmission -- Paradigms of patronage under the Kusanas -- Bad reputation of the barbarous Huns vs. Buddhist historical realities -- Conclusions: Relevance of Buddhist and Jain Stories of the Past -- Notes -- References -- 7 History as Festival? A Reassessment of the Use of the Past and the Place of Historiography in Ancient Egyptian Thought -- The Elusiveness of Historiography -- History as Festival -- History as History: A Look at Horemheb -- Singular history: an unprecedented kingship -- Formative history: reflecting on the past -- Distinct history: the past as argument -- Successive history: counting the past -- The Two Bodies of the King -- Stories about the Past: The Place of Historiography -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- References -- 8 The Presence of the Past in Early Mesopotamian Writings -- Chronological Table: Periods and Main Rulers Mentioned in the Text1 -- Introduction -- Early Dynastic Writings (2750-2350) -- Third-millennium Historical Narratives -- The Sargonic "Empire" (2334-2154) -- The Third Dynasty of Ur (2112-2004) -- The Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595) -- The Poetics of History -- 1 The Sumerian King List (SKL) -- 2 The Curse of Agade (CA) -- 3 The Death of Ur-Namma (DU) -- 4 The Correspondence of the Kings of Ur (CKU) -- 5 The Lamentation over the Destruction of Sumer and Ur (LSUr) -- Legends of the Kings of Akkad -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- References -- 9 "Two Old Tablets": Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in Hittite Society -- Setting the Stage: A Brief Overview of Hittite History -- The Role of History in Hittite Society -- A Definition of "Hittite Society" -- Writing, Writings, and their Organization in Hittite Society -- Hittite Historiography and Its Audience -- Deposition vs. Dissemination -- Hittite Historiography: A Case of Arrested Development? -- Final Remarks.
Abbreviations -- Notes -- References -- 10 Thinking and Writing about History in Teispid and Achaemenid Persia -- Introduction -- Is There "History" or "Historiography" in Teispid and Achaemenid Times? -- History in the Time of the Teispids Cyrus and Cambyses -- Dealing with History during Achaemenid Times -- Royal ancestor cult, genealogy, and historical consciousness -- First phase: the monumental inscription (and rock relief) of King Darius I at Bisitun -- Second phase: column V of the Bisitun-Inscription -- Third phase: the Achaemenid royal inscriptions during the reign of Xerxes -- Fourth phase: the Achaemenid royal inscriptions after Xerxes -- History beyond the Royal Inscriptions -- A Short Comment on Authors and Audience -- Notes -- References -- 11 Historical Texts in the Hebrew Bible? -- Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern History -- Defining History -- Why did Israelites Narrate the Past? -- Etiologies -- Genealogies -- History and Ideology -- Prefiguration -- The Performance of History -- History Legitimizing Institutions -- Polemical History -- History as Entertainment -- Antiquarian Interest and Historical Consciousness -- The Social Setting of Israelite History -- Reconstructing the Ancient Israelite Past -- "Memory" to the Rescue? -- For Further Thought, Especially in a Comparative Context -- Notes -- References -- 12 The Many Faces of the Past in Archaic and Classical Greece -- I Oral Traditions -- Poetry -- II.1 Epic -- II.2 Elegy -- II.3 Tragedy -- III Oratory -- IV Art -- V The Rise of Greek Historiography -- Notes -- References -- 13 How the Romans Remembered, Recorded, Thought About, and Used Their Past -- Social Contexts: Historical Memories and Records outside Historiography -- Social Milieu, Subject Matter, and Focus of Roman Historiography -- Examples, Persons, and Learning from the Past -- Summary and Conclusion -- Notes.
References -- 14 Patterns of Early Christian Thinking and Writing of History: Paul - Mark - Acts -- Towards a History of Mission and "Church": From Paul to Acts -- Towards a "History of the Gospel": From Paul to Mark -- Short Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- 15 Byzantine historia -- History without Historians -- Byzantine Historiography -- History in the Margins -- Notes -- References -- 16 The Past in the Early and Medieval Islamic Middle East (circa 750-circa 1250) -- Introduction -- Islamic Monotheism, Time, and History -- The Past in the Religious Sciences -- Public Ceremonial and Ritual -- Islamic Historical Writing to circa 950 -- Islamic Historical Writing circa 950-circa 1250 -- Local historiography -- Prosopography -- Biography -- Chronography -- Conclusions -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- References -- 17 Sources and Scales of Classic Maya History -- Social and Intellectual Contexts of Classic Maya History -- Periods of Maya culture history -- Classic Maya time -- Classic Maya society and geopolitics -- Sources of Classic Maya History -- Scales of Classic Maya History -- The reexamined life: biographical history at Piedras Negras -- Biographies of victory and humiliation: persons, politics, and counts of captives -- Divergent multigenerational histories on the Usumacinta River -- Ancient ancestors and divine founders: the Preclassic period and cosmic time -- Conclusions -- Notes -- References -- 18 The Poetics and Politics of Aztec History -- The Aztec Empire -- The Purpose of History for the Aztecs -- Aztec Historians -- Historical Genres -- The Aztec Writing System -- The Performance of History -- Ordering of History -- The Case of Tepechpan -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- 19 Corn and Her Story Traveled: Reading North American Graphic Texts in Relation to Oral Traditions.
(Re)Framing Ancient American History and Literary Media -- Image and Word: Tlacuilolli, Awikhiganak, and Wampum -- The Great Law -- Corn and Her Story Traveled: Indigenous Networks and Narrative Exchange -- "Reading" the Corn Mother in Three-Dimensional Space -- Relational Opposition: The Three Worlds and the Twins -- The Rise of the Cultivators: Agricultural Revolution and Complementary Duality -- Towards a Map of the Mother Corn Era -- Notes -- References -- Index.
Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World presents a cross-cultural comparison of the ways in which ancient civilizations thought about the past and recorded their own histories. Written by an international group of scholars working in many disciplines Truly cross-cultural, covering historical thinking and writing in ancient or early cultures across in East, South, and West Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas Includes historiography shaped by religious perspectives, including Judaism, early Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
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