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dc.contributor.advisorKönig, Jason
dc.contributor.advisorAgosti, Gianfranco
dc.contributor.authorFiculle, Larisa
dc.description.abstractThis thesis aims to provide a new evaluation of the Histories of Agathias Scholasticus, one of the main sources for the reign of Justinian (527-565 CE). By contextualising the author and approaching his text with the tools of modern research, the thesis casts light on crucial aspects of sixth-century history, literature, and language. Through an interdisciplinary approach (history, literary criticism, philology, and linguistics), the research reappraises the Histories in all its complexity, focusing both on Agathias' specificities as a historian and on his role within early Byzantine historiographical production. Through a tripartite structure, constituted by a first section on myth, marvels and miracles in Procopius and Agathias, a second on Agathias’ ethnography, and a third on Agathias’ language, the thesis argues that this work is not just a classicising history written after the manner of Herodotus and Thucydides; not just a continuation of the Wars of Procopius, but also the work of an idiosyncratic, independent author who made idiosyncratic, independent literary choices.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"This work was supported by the University of St Andrews (Joint PhD Roma La Sapienza-St Andrews Programme)."--Fundingen
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectByzantine historiographyen_US
dc.subjectGreek languageen_US
dc.subjectByzantine historyen_US
dc.subjectProcopius of Caesareaen_US
dc.titleReassessing Agathias : early Byzantine historiography beyond Procopiusen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrewsen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentUniversità di Roma La Sapienzaen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Restricted until 28th June 2027en

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