Tradition of Historiography

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Tradition of Historiography:

Historiography and historian: 

  • The writing of critical historical narratives is known as 'Historiography'.  
  • A scholar who writes such a narrative is a historian.  

Historical Writing: 

  • The Historian cannot include every past event in his narrative.  
  • The conceptual framework a historian adopts frequently affects his inclusion and interpretation of historical events. This theoretical foundation shapes his writing style. 
  • The tradition of writing history did not exist in ancient societies of the world. That doesn’t mean people were not aware of historical times. 
  • Ancient people also felt the need of passing on the stories of the life and valour of their ancestors to the next generation.  
  • Ancient communities all over the world used various means like cave paintings, story-telling, singing songs and ballads, etc. for this purpose.  
  • In modern Historiography, these traditional means are looked upon as a source of history.

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The earliest inscription in the Louvre Museum 

The Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia is where the tradition of documenting historical events first emerged. The names of Sumerian monarchs and the accounts of the battles they fought have been recorded in a number of inscriptions. The oldest inscription, which is depicted is from 4500 B.C.E. It describes a conflict between two kingdoms. It is now on view in France's Louvre Museum.

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