Ammianus and Cicero on truth in historiography

Autore: Blockley, Roger C.
Titolo: Ammianus and Cicero on truth in historiography
Rivista/Miscellanea: "The Ancient History Bulletin", 15, 1-2
Luogo edizione: Calgary
Anno edizione: 2001
Pagine: 14-24
Parole chiave: Histoire - Storia - History, Philologie - Filologia - Philology, Stylistique et genres littéraires - Stilistica e generi letterari - Stylistics and literary genre
Descrizione: [L'Année philologique] [Comment] Examination of Ammianus' methodological notes against the background of Cicero's De orat. 2, 63, concerning the foundations of history and its laws, suggests that both authors had a conception of historical truth that was grounded in objective fact and was not weakened by any consideration of impartiality. The conception of « ueritas » had, however, two distinct applications : first, to the category of true facts, and, second, to the selection, presentation and interpretation of these facts. Nothing in the « De oratore » or in Ammianus licenses the view that ancient writers, listeners, and readers of history accepted that historiography of its nature admitted large-scale fabrications.
Sigla autore: Blockley 2001