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Herodotus in the Anthropocene$
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Joel Alden Schlosser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226704708

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226704982.001.0001

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Narrating Inquiry

Narrating Inquiry

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Herodotus in the Anthropocene

Joel Alden Schlosser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter bridges the argument about free practice of nomoi to the theoretical work undertaken by the inquirers themselves. Nomoi depend on practice; by providing an account of this practice across time, the narrative of an inquiry helps to constitute nomos. Here again the work of the Histories appears from within a discourse of the poetic tradition and its remembrance of heroic exploits and virtues. Examples of this within the narratives of the Histories raise questions about the broader project of the Histories and of storytelling more generally. Historia, or inquiry, is oriented to an audience; it constitutes nomoi with respect to this audience. The Histories accomplishes this through textual strategies that elicit specific responses from readers and remembering political phenomena in particular ways. Stories can weave their own kind of nomos; the storytelling function of inquiry can constitute nomoi conducive to freedom.

Keywords:   historia, storytelling, freedom, inquiry, nomos

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