Historia and Fabula: Myths and Legends in Historical Thought from Antiquity to the Modern Age (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History)

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Historical thought, whether it is expressed in writing or through works of art, inevitably contains elements of fiction. Thus in every phase of the development of historical thinking the question arises: were these fictional elements recognized and if so, how was their function perceived? Was any effort made to distinguish between a documented fact and any assumptions or deductions related to it? In examining the past, was it deemed important to curb the free play of imagination or was it thought that any explanation, no matter how fanciful and irrational, was better than none? This is the question that this book attempts to answer. In doing so, it examines a rich variety of texts and also some works of art ranging from the Ancient Near East to the nineteenth century.

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Peter G. Bietenholz, Dr.Phil. In History, University of Basel, Switzerland, is Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His publications include books on Erasmus of Rotterdam, religious toleration and the impact of printed books.

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'"Bietenholz's extended essay is interesting not only as compilation but also as argument.'
Thomas V. Cohen, "Canadian Journal of History, 1995.
'"Comparative mythologists and students of religion will find this very readable summary, with its sparsely but well selected representations, to be a helpful preface to the new complexities and renewed interpenetrations of historia "and fibula "in the twentieth century.'
Roy Arthur Swanson, "Religious Studies Review, 1995.
"Bietenholz's extended essay is interesting not only as compilation but also as argument." Thomas V. Cohen, Canadian Journal of History, 1995. "Comparative mythologists and students of religion will find this very readable summary, with its sparsely but well selected representations, to be a helpful preface to the new complexities and renewed interpenetrations of historia and fibula in the twentieth century." Roy Arthur Swanson, Religious Studies Review, 1995.

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