Measuring Authorial Intrusion

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I was delighted to find I actually already own a digital copy of Naiden, Ancient Supplication (OUP 2006).  For a second I thought I might have to walk over to the library and risk fresh air and exercise.

I love this highlighted sentence (p.50).  As a historiographer, I’m always concerned with how we can actually measure and document the degree of authorial intervention or cultural influence.  Here we have a nice tidy example by a scholar more interested in the details than the presentation, that indeed Diodorus and Dionysius both recreate Roman rituals along the lines of cultural practices from their own backgrounds!

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