Historical Narratives

A narrative (from the Latin “narrare” meaning “to report or to tell”) is in the broadest sense anything that is told or recounted. It is usually any report of connected series of events. These events or happenings can be either actual and true or imaginary and fictitious. This can be done on the one hand by written (Text format) or spoken (discussion/presentation) words and on the other hand by still (Pictures/Photos) or moving images (Television series).

Historical narratives, already used by ancient Greek authors like Herodotus or Plutarch, tell stories about historical events combining fiction with nonfiction. Historical facts are mixed with imagined characters and situations. A historical narrative describes people and events that really have happened. On the other side, it can also include fictional people and details imagined by the writer of the story. In a digital context, Historical narratives refer to a digital story “that describes or interprets historical events”.


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