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Sima Qian and Herodotus
March 20, 2012

1. In terms of research and scholarship, Sima Qian is quite closer to Herodotus, as he had an inclination to trust in anecdotes and word-of-mouth without confirming them with concrete historical evidence (Manning 33). In terms of style, Qian seems to be more terse and practical in comparison to Herodotus, as the Greeks already had the great Homeric epics as a model of narration (Manning 33), and they able to describe group and collective scenes as well as individuals, whereas Qian’s narrations seems to concentrate on the latter (Manning 34). Continue reading