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Reflections on historical writing: an investigation of the application of Cicero's rules for the histiran in Victor's "Historia Persecutionis"

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dc.contributor.author Swartz, Nico
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-21T14:08:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-21T14:08:28Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Swartz, N. 2010,'Reflections on historical writing: an investigation of the application of Cicero's rules for the histiran in Victor's "Historia Persecutionis", Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, vol. XXXVI, no. 2, pp. 11-27. en
dc.identifier.issn 1017-0499
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4629
dc.description Peer reviewed en
dc.description.abstract Historiography is concerned with the historian’s perception and account of events, the latter often being formulated to achieve a particular end. The present article attempts to explore this notion through an investigation of Victor’s Historia Persecutionis. In his De Oratore II, 15, 63, Cicero, who commented on the scope of history and the task of the historian, lays down the basic rules (fundamenta) for the historian: (i) ne quid falsi audeat – the historian must speak no untruth; (ii) ne quid veri audeat – he must speak the whole truth; and ne qua suspicio gratiae sit in scribendo, ne qua simultatis – there should be no indication of prejudice or enmity in his work. In his Historia Persecutionis, Victor complies with the first two requirements. However, by showing prejudice he does not comply with the third, and therefore does not do justice to classical historiography. It must be borne in mind, however, that Christian ecclesiastical history is presented from a particular point of view. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Church History Society of Southern Africa en
dc.subject Historical writing
dc.subject Cicero's rules
dc.title Reflections on historical writing: an investigation of the application of Cicero's rules for the histiran in Victor's "Historia Persecutionis" en
dc.type Article en


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