The Reliability of Ancient Literary Sources Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Reliability of Ancient Literary Sources
A discussion on the reliability of historical information.
# 147447 | 1,678 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2011 in History (General)


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This paper discusses the reliability of ancient history and sources, stating that historians themselves acknowledge that there is an issue with their reliability. It also points out how individual perspective change how histories are remembered and provides examples and texts from historians who have studied this subject. The author of this paper concludes eventually that one should be systemically pessimistic about the likelihood of authentic history being transmitted in the literary tradition.

From the Paper:

''Although my own individual experience with ancient Roman history is limited by the same problems experienced by the above-scholars, what I do have is experience with how history is remembered in modern times. Individual perspective changes how histories are remembered. For example, in the United States, the Civil War occurred less than 150 years ago, and yet different historians provide conflicting perspectives about the causes of the war, why it was lost, and the consequences of the war for America's history. Moreover, it was only after the Civil War and the end of slavery that one began to see widespread, reliable publication about various slave rebellions that had occurred in the antebellum South. This is interesting, because it makes one wonder if that information would be available or suppressed had the war ended differently. Moreover, the vast majority of Americans are unaware that some northern states were slaveholding states. Furthermore, when one looks at the number of Holocaust deniers, despite the overwhelming physical evidence and documentation regarding the Holocaust, one can see how intentional misrepresentation can play a role in history; there are entire countries that believe it is a fact that the Holocaust did not occur. If those countries end up as world leaders within the next few centuries, evidence of the Holocaust could disappear, and in later history, the Holocaust could be considered a myth, rather than a historical event. These two examples demonstrate how quickly history can be transmuted and changed within a relatively short period of time. Therefore, I must agree with Wiseman and believe that one should be systemically pessimistic about the likelihood of authentic history being transmitted in the literary tradition.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cornell, T. J. 2005. "The Value of the Literary Tradition Concerning Archaic Rome," in K. A. Raaflaub (ed) Social Struggles in Archaic Rome. New Perspectives on the Conflict of the Orders, 47-74. 2nd ed, Malden, MA.
  • Forsythe, G. 2005. A Critical History of Early Rome. From Prehistory to the First Punic War. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London. 1-5; 59-77.
  • Livy, Books 1-10 (trans. de Selincourt, A. 1960. Livy. The Early History of Rome. London and New York). [Scott reserve DG 207 L5 D35 1960 OR online at http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/txt/ah/Livy/ ]
  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities (trans. Cary, E. 1937-50. The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus. 7 vols. Cambridge, MA. [Scott PA 3611 L63 D562 OR online at http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Dionysius_of_Halicarnassus/home.html]
  • Raaflaub, K. A. 2005. "The Conflict of the Orders in Archaic Rome: a comprehensive and comparative approach," in K. A. Raaflaub (ed) Social Struggles in Archaic Rome. New Perspectives on the Conflict of the Orders., 1-46, esp. pp. 24-31. 2nd ed, Malden, MA.

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