The Comparative Approach in Grote's 'History of Greece'

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An assessment, in the light of theoretical approaches to comparative methodology, of the nineteenth-century historian George Grote's deployment of comparative example in his History of Greece. I argue that he followed this methodology in order to address wider historical issues and to demonstrate the trans-historical applicability of the Athenian democratic model. My assessment highlights also the Eurocentric and colonialist nature of Grote's narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrill's Companion to George Grote and the Classical Tradition
Editors K. Demetriou
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston
Number of pages43
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-26910-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Grote, Athens, Comparative History, Historiography


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