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HTDPSH: Historiographical tendencies during the period of Spartan hegemony

The PSI 1304 Fragment

This project “Historiographical Tendencies During the Period of Spartan Hegemony” proposes to study a crucial period of Greek history through the historians who wrote about it (Thucydides, Xenophon, the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia, Ephorus in Diodorus, Theopompus, Cratippus, Callisthenes). The main focus is on the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia (HO), three papyrus fragments (PSI 1304, P. Oxy 842, P. Cairo 26 6 SR 3049/27 1) whose author, date of composition, as well as method and aims are unknown. The project aims (a) to approach the HO’s text from a narratological perspective, in order to clarify the character of its narrative; (b) to explore the degree to which the later work of Diodorus takes over material from the HO; (c) to clarify of which Greek city-states the author of the HO knew the inner political debate; (d) to analyse the HO and the so-called Theramenes Papyrus (P. Mich 5982) - commonly considered a political pamphlet - with the purpose of determining whether or not they come from the same author.

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Researcher: Egidia Occhipinti