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 remark of the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian conflict among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 conceal 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 characteristic of this quantity is the complete thematic creation which discusses such themes 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 in basic terms incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal ownership" and the continued significance of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's statement, by way of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the aspect of Thucydides' inspiration and subject-matter. a whole index on the finish of the quantity.

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40) has changed things for me as far as the Persian Wars go, by introducing a whole potential stage of narrative treatment earlier than Herodotus. ) Anyway, I might now wish to say that Herodotus in his turn may conceivably have been echoing Simonides or similar poetic treatments. ) But it is surely very plausible to suppose that 'the path* had embedded itself in the tradition, and 1 stand by my suggestion that it was the diction of Herodotus which was immediately influential on Thu­ cydides. In any case the Persian Wars themselves feature in only a small percentage of the Thucydidean texts which bear on Herodotus.

W. K. Pritchett. The Woodheadean Interpretation of Kleon's Amphipolitan Campaign', w Mnemosyne. 26 (1973), 376-86. at 386. »7 Introduction I now move on from these rather general remarks about literary approaches to the particular area of narratology. I have suggested that there is some unfairness, given Gomme's title, in criticizing him for not writing the literary commentary he never set out to write. It would be even more unfair to castigate Gomme for not attending to narratology, because it did not yet exist—as a word.

22 and by mythodes at i. 21. i . It will be seen that I regard objections framed in terms of Herodotus' publication-date as very unrewarding and old-fashioned. But even if we accept the premiss, it is not enough to assert a 'publication date' of 414 for Herodotus. What about the date at which Thucydides made his work on the Ten Years War available? ) At one point Kennelly proposes that Thucydides' Pisistratid digression in book vi was available before 424 and that Herodotus was reacting to it, not the other way round.

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