Parmegianni, Giovanni. 2014. Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography. Hellenic Studies Series 64. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_ParmegianniG_ed.Between_Thucydides_and_Polybius.2014.
11. Local History, Polis History, and the Politics of Place
This was a remark on the historians he thought early, especially the supposedly ‘pre-Thucydidean historians’, and scholars may argue about the relative dating or his accuracy; since, however, he had more text in front of him than we do, and he was talking about those who wrote on ethne and poleis, we should probably take this seriously as a testimony to some aspect of the genre’s content and style, whatever their date. It fits with the strictures of Polybius about most types of history except his own (below). And slightly later (On Thucydides 7) Dionysius says of those who wrote “tribal or local histories” (ἐθνικὰς καὶ τοπικὰς ἐκφέροντες ἱστορίας) that when they came across fictional stories (τῶν μυθικῶν . . . πλασμάτων) carefully told and handed down, they could not bear to leave them out: they were regarded too fondly to be omitted (cf. also On Thucydides 23).
2. Ionia and the Greek Cities of Asia Minor.
3. Some Conclusions