Thesis

Thesis Wordle

Wordle: Thesis

My thesis examined how historians use ancient material to form narratives; why they select certain texts over others and how they choose to translate and emphasise particular words and phrases. It focused on the ancient Greek historiography used in local history within the UK and specifically the role that Strabo, Diodorus and others played in the historiographical tradition of Cornwall up to the beginning of the twentieth century. I show that although a number of narratives were used in Cornwall to formulate a sense of local identity the interpretation of Classical material had a distinctive and important role.

Chapter Outline

  1. Backgrounds – [Writing Cornwall-Mining & Pride; Ancient Cornwall-Classicists Speak; Methodology & Novelty]
  2. Ancient Material – [Reading Ancient History; Classical Texts; Beyond the Texts]
  3. Modern Variations – [Cornish Authors; Textual Patterns]
  4. Trends – [What is a Cornish History?; How to Read Classics?; Politics & Identity; Re-examining the Patterns]
  5. Conclusion

Full Text Available through the Open Research Exeter portal (Here)

Ancient Texts

  • Pliny the Elder – Scientific Knowledge
  • Caesar, Tacitus and Polybius – Political Ignorance
  • Herodotus and Strabo – The Cassiterides
  • Diodorus Siculus

Cornish Texts

  • The First Wave: Camden and Carew
  • Empiricism and Early Archaeology
  • The Phoenician Myth
  • General and Parochial History
  • Casual References
  • Changing Attitudes and Academia
    (Further thoughts on this page)

Textual Patterns

  • Cassiterides
  • Iktis
  • “More Civilised”
  • Patterns of Classical Reading

Other Pages under this heading

Thoughts on Chapter 4
Theory & Methodology musings

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