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Title: Herodotus Remember'd
Subtitle: Cultures of Empire in the Long 19th Century
Author(s): SKINNER, Joseph
Volume: 23 Issue: 1 Date: 2017
The reception of Herodotus’ Histories during in the long 19th century is a rich and understudied topic. This article highlights the way in which encounters with Herodotus formed a series of cross-cutting, interconnected layers (albeit to varying extents) rather than a series of discrete receptions. Instead of focussing solely on members of the classically-educated imperial elite, it attempts to incorporate the experiences of a broader range of society, including women, children and the poor, in a more wide-ranging discussion of engagement with the Histories in 19th-century British Society. In doing so it demonstrates not only the high level of interest in and engagement with Herodotus but also ways in which a shared awareness of the Halicarnassian’s work helped constitute ‘cultures of empire’.