Mr Welch will talk about his thesis which aims to examine the role and influence that anecdotes, apophthegmata, and exempla have had in shaping the cultural memory of Philip II of Macedon (382 - 336 BCE) in antiquity. To date he has been examining how this material was organized, developed, manipulated, and later utilized and disseminated by the various authors who employed it in their numerous and diverse works. This is important, because this material is an important branch of the historical tradition that surrounds Philip and his characterization. In this talk Mr Welch will discuss how his thesis will show that historians should not use or discount this material without suitable consideration of the many literary, rhetorical, and educational factors that lay behind it and Philip’s portrayal within.
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