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 old and literary observation of the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian battle among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 disguise the years 425-421 BC and include 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 function of this quantity is the complete thematic creation 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 paintings: cutting edge or in basic terms incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal ownership" and the ongoing value of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's observation, via translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the aspect of Thucydides' notion and subject-matter. a whole index on the finish of the quantity.

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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. 22) used about Thucydides' own work. The Penguin elides what on the traditional view is a difficulty, by translating 'easier to read*; but Jowett was right to say 'disappointing to the ear .

The end of the period which Herodotus covered. They are ii. 71, Archidamos on the promise of inviolability to Plataia, and the problematic iii. 55, where the Plataians say they share citizenship with Athens (see my note on that passage). Before I get on to the texts, and I shall angle my discussion to texts in iv-v. 24,1 must dispose of some more general methodological objections to my general approach. Stroud's objection, as we have seen, appears to be basically grounded on the a priori assertion that because ancient historians spent 'most of their time' looking at places and talking to people other than historians, it follows that they never read or heard or were influenced by or tried to correct each other or earlier literary figures.

102, the chapter about the background to the fall of Amphipolis. This begins with a statement about location: this, he says, is the site which Aristagoras the Milesian tried to colonize when fleeing from King Darius, but he was expelled by the Hedonians. This is one of only two allusions in Thucydides to the Ionian Revolt (the other is vi. 4. 5). One might have thought the Revolt would feature in the Archaeology, but it does not. Anyway, the story of Aristagoras' Thracian failure is also told by Herodotus, v.

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