I have read somewhere or other,in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think,that history is philosophy teaching by examples.1
On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2.
Note 1. Dionysius of Halicarnassus (quoting Thucydides), Ars Rhet. xi. 2, says: The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples. [back]