The retirement of prof dr. A.B. Breebaart as professor of Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam signals the end of a period of 24 years, during which he left his own specific remark on the study of ancient history in Amsterdam. Prof. Breebaart's main interest was historiography. In all of his articles he deals with the question of how Ancient authors treated their past. On the occasion of his retirement the Department of Ancient History has decided to publish a number of prof. Breebaart's articles in one volume. They offer an insight into the versatility of his mind and knowledge and show how he approaches highly divergent themes in a most original matter.
Contents: Preface Tyrants and monarchs in the Greek world of the fourth century BC The figure of Anacharsis in Herodotus Plutarch and the political development of Pericles Plebs and soldiers. Social history and mass psychology in Tacitus The freedom of the intellectual in the Roman world Augustus' behaviour. Role-play and expectations Aspects of the divorce between East and West in the fourth century List of subscribers