HERODOTUS AND THE 1820 SETTLERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: HISTORIOGRAPHIES OF COLONIZATION AND THE ‘CACOPHONY OF VOICES’

M Lambert

Abstract


The renewal of interest in Herodotus as an effective and creative
historian within a predominantly oral tradition has been a feature
of prolific research during the last twenty years. In the very year
in which the arrival of the 1820 settlers in the east of the
former Cape Colony in South Africa is being remembered, and even
commemorated, I attempt a reading of Herodotus’ celebrated
account of the Greek colonization of Cyrene in Libya (North Africa)
through the historiographical lens of accounts of the arrival of these
British settlers, focussing on the narratives of colonization common
to these exempla more than two millennia apart. My intention is
to continue the conversation, especially amongst South African
classicists, about how to tackle the thorny question of decolonizing
the content and teaching of the Classics in our universities.

Keywords


1820 settlers; colonization; Herodotus; Cyrene; Libya; postcolonial historiography

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/65-0-1027

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