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Genre and Historiography

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In this chapter, the issue of reliability is fully addressed. First, the the historiographical tradition of Luke Acts is dicussed; and it is comprehended what the tasks and expectations of that tradition were. In the author's opening comments, Polybios stated the reasons for his history, where the most self-conscious historian of antiquity is Polybios. The final type of history Polybios deals with is tragic historical writing. Although many have taken a cue from Polybios' criticisms to posit a formal school of historical writing, his strictures are general in nature and probably are directed at the sensational aspect of writing which characterized so much of Hellenistic historiography rather than a single school of writing. The genre flourished in antiquity as indigenous authors attempted to carve out a niche for their people within the Hellenistic world.

Keywords: apologetic historiography; Hellenistic historiography; Luke Acts; Polybios



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