Open House | The End of the Histories, with Scarlett Kingsley and Timothy Rood

We were excited to welcome Scarlett Kingsley and Timothy Rood for an Open House entitled “The End of the Histories.” The event took place on Friday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and was recorded.

To get ready for the event, you might like to read these handouts:

You can watch the recording on our YouTube channel, or in the frame below.

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Mentioned during the discussion:

  • Deborah Boedeker. “Protesilaos and the End of Herodotus’ Histories. Classical Antiquity Vol. 7, No. 1 (Apr., 1988), pp. 30-48. JSTOR,
  • Carolyn Dewald, ‘Wanton kings, pickled heroes, and gnomic founding fathers: Strategies of meaning at the end of Herodotus’ Histories’ (379–401; 1997). in Rosaria Vignolo Munson, ed., 2013. Herodotus: Volume 1: Herodotus and the Narrative of the Past. Oxford Readings in Classical Studies.. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Arnold J. Toynbee. A Study of History. 12 volumes, 1934–1961. Oxford.
  • Hippocrates Air, Waters, Places, (aëre, aquis et locis). Free edition available online at Perseus (translation by W.H.S. Jones).

Scarlett Kingsley

Scarlett Kingsley is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a PhD from Princeton University (2016) and an MSt from the University of Oxford (2009). Her research interests include Greek historiography, Presocratic philosophy, and cognitive approaches to the ancient world. She has written articles on lyric and philosophical intertexts in Herodotus and Thucydides and is in the final stages of completing the manuscript for her monograph, Herodotus the Presocratic: Inquiry and Intellectual Culture in the Fifth Century, for which she was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20. While at the CHS, Scarlett will be working on a jointly authored monograph with Tim Rood (Oxford), The End of the Histories: Land, Wealth, and Empire in Herodotus. This research leverages the final passages of the Histories into a broad discussion of key refrains in the narrative as a whole, including migration, land, and empire. They approach this passage ‘in the round’, examining its immediate context, its interrelations with episodes stretching back to the beginning of the work, and its resonance with fifth-century intellectual culture and beyond.

Timothy Rood

Timothy Rood is Professor of Greek Literature at the University of Oxford, where he is Dorothea Gray Fellow at St Hugh’s College. His main research interests are Greek historiography and its reception. He is the author of Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation, The Sea! The Sea! The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination and American Anabasis: Xenophon and the Idea of America from the Mexican War to Iraq; with Luuk Huitink he has edited Xenophon: Anabasis Book III for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series. Since 2016 he has led the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Anachronism and Antiquity’. His project at the CHS is a collaboration with Scarlett Kingsley on a book provisionally entitled The End of the Histories: Land, Wealth, and Empire in Herodotus.