Ars historica
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1. Concept

Ars historica (Latin, “historical art”) denotes the systematic reflection of the historical discipline on the nature of its scholarship [14]. It is supplemented by work on the history of historiography [12]; [17].

2. Humanism

Some ancient authors (e.g. Lucian) already discussed problems of historical theory, but the ars historica would only establish itself as a textual genre in its own right in the time of Humanism[11]. The writings of Fr…

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Blanke, Horst Walter, “Ars historica”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 25 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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