TITLE

CAN WE TRUST THE ANCIENT TEXTS?

AUTHOR(S)
Gabriel, Richard A.
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Military History;Mar/Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on an archive of written texts on which the modern study of Greek and Roman military history is based. Greek and Roman historians were often less concerned with a factual accounting of events than with writing something that taught moral lessons or guided the behavior of powerful political classes or individuals. Today, military historians are also the prisoners of the surviving translations, most of which contain errors introduced when they were translated from Greek to Latin or simply copied by medieval monks.
ACCESSION #
28832254

 

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