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date: 15 December 2018

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Tragic history is a phrase coined in the late 19th century to describe a certain type of Hellenistic history writing, which was thought to have Peripatetic underpinnings, and whose main proponents were Duris of Samos and Phylarchus (of Athens or Naucratis). The expression gained currency quickly and is still widely used to designate un-Polybian, sensationalist, and emotionally involved historiography from the Hellenistic period (the works of which have all been lost), in spite of the current communis opinio among specialists that there was no real “school” of tragic history.

Keywords: tragic history, Hellenistic historiography, Duris of Samos, Phylarchus, Diodorus Siculus, fragments, emotions, mimesis, enargeia

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