Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and beyond

L.W. van Gils (Editor), I.J.F. de Jong (Editor), C.H.M. Kroon (Editor)

Research output: Book / ReportBook (Editorship) Academic


In this collected volume fourteen experts in the fields of Classics and Ancient History study the textual strategies used by Herodotus and Livy when recounting the disastrous battles at Thermopylae and Cannae. Literary, linguistic and historical approaches are used (often in combination) in order to enhance and enrich the interpretation of the accounts, which for obvious reasons confronted the authors with a special challenge. Chapters drawing a comparison with other battle narratives and with other genres help to establish genre-specific elements in ancient historiography, and draw attention to the particular techniques employed by Herodotus and Livy in their war narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden / Boston
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)9789004383340
ISBN (Print)9789004383333
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Linguistics
  • narratology
  • classics
  • Latin literature
  • Greek literature
  • Livy
  • Herodotus


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