A Commentary on Thucydides: Volume II: Books IV-V. 24 by Simon Hornblower

By Simon Hornblower

This is often the second one quantity of a three-volume historic and literary observation of the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian struggle among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 conceal the years 425-421 BC and comprise the Pylos-Spakteria narrative, the Delion crusade, and Brasidas' operations within the north of Greece. This quantity ends with the Peace of Nikias and the alliance among Athens and Sparta. a brand new characteristic of this quantity is the whole thematic advent which discusses such issues as Thucydides and Herodotus, Thucydide's presentation of Brasidas, Thucydides and kinship, speech--direct and indirect--in iv-v.24, Thucydides and epigraphy (including own names), iv-v.24 as a piece of artwork: cutting edge or basically incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal ownership" and the ongoing value of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's remark, by means of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the element of Thucydides' concept and subject-matter. a whole index on the finish of the quantity.

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A. S. Evans. Herodotus, Explorer of the Past Three Essays (Princeton, 1991). 90, and O. Murray. 'Herodotus and Oral History' in H. Sancisi-Weerdcnburg and A. ). Achaemenid History, ii The Greek Sources u (Leiden, 1987). 93-115. Thomas, 103-4. " On the notion of agonisma or competition here implied, see H Thomas, 'Performance and Written Publication in Herodotus and the Sophistic Generation", in W. Kullmann and J. Althofi" n 26 Thucydides and Herodotus 80 quite exclude such recitation. Note in particular the word djfpoaocv, used again, as in the preceding chapter (21) which we discussed earlier, but this time (ch.

Or what about i. 12 and the material about the occupation of Boiotia sixty years after the fall of Troy? That is normally thought to be an attempt to reconcile some awkward discrepancies between the Homeric Catalogue ofShips and the rest of the tradition; it was clever of those same Corinthian sailors to point Thucydides in the direction of so elegant a solution. Even if we substitute 'Boiotian boiotarchs and farmers' (or some other helpful and hospitable group) for 'Corinthian generals and sailors', it seems perverse to deny that Thucydides might have been working within a literary tradition, even when the context shouts out for such an explanation.

It did include J. de Romilly's Histoire et ration chez Thucydide, but not Gomme's Sather lectures," Hans-Peter Stahl's 1966 book or Kitto's Poiesis* in fact it omitted just about every good literary study of Thucydides up to that date. But assumptions about novelty or previous neglect in this area should be made cautiously. I give two related examples. On the last page of Averil Cameron's interesting collection of essays, History/is Text}* the editor begins by conceding that Thucydides' claims to reliability have been seen as coexisting with a sense of drama and emotion; but she continues 'it is only relatively recently that Thucydides' history has attracted the kind of attention from the point of view of textuality which would not seem obvious'.

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