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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 Fra…

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Blanke, Horst Walter, “Ars historica”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020959>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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