Brill's Companion to Thucydides (Brill's Companions in by Antonis Tsakmakis, Antonios Rengakos

By Antonis Tsakmakis, Antonios Rengakos

This quantity on Thucydides, an important historian of the traditional global, contains articles via thirty major foreign students. The contributions hide a variety of matters, together with Thucydides' existence, highbrow milieu and predecessors, Thucydides and the act of writing, his rhetoric, historic technique and narrative recommendations, narrative solidarity within the historical past, the speeches, Thucydides' reliability as a historian, and his legacy in the course of the centuries. different issues handled contain war, faith, participants, democracy and oligarchy, the discovery of political technological know-how, Thucydides and Athens, Sparta, Macedonia/Thrace, Sicily/South Italy, Persia, and the Argives. the amount goals to supply a survey of present traits in Thucydidean reports with a purpose to be of curiosity to all scholars of old heritage.

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22). 1–22). This introduction, moreover, seems clearly (from various pieces of evidence) to have been written in the light of the defeat of 404; in other words, in the form in which we read it, it was written after that date. This undermines the theory of a second introduction written by Thucydides himself. 32 This is the only translation that makes any sense. In Canfora (1970a) 123–26, I listed some of the odder translations suggested by modern commentators. 432 n. 1, came up with: “after my leading of a force with Amphipolis as object”, but this deprives strathg¤a of its usual associations with the magistrature.

2 Once upon a time, the gods mingled with mortals and begat mighty and noble heroes. The aristocratic families traced their lineage back to these heroes, and through them to the gods. 3 Thus the celebrated heroes of the Argonautic saga or the Trojan War, like Heracles or Odysseus, came to be thought of as the ancestors of many lineages and communities—and not only in Greece: as Elias J. 4 The preservation of these traditions was assigned to the memory specialists: the poets. 5 Some clues of particular interest for genealogies are to be found in Homer: in Il.

It is significant that Polemon, Pausanias’ literary source, did not speak of Oinobius—one might expect to find mention of him in Marcellinus (Didymus). The inspiration for all this creativity was the fact of Thucydides’ twenty-year exile (423–404 bc). Let us take a closer look at this. 4). In the assignment of duties to the council of ten stratègoi of that year (who included Nicias, Cleon, Lamachus, Demosthenes, and Hippocrates among others) considerable importance was surely attached to the fact that Brasidas, with unexpected enterprise, was threatening Athenian positions in Thrace and that Thucydides was famously well connected with the local leaders in that area.

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