Simon Hornblower's A Commentary on Thucydides: Volume II: Books IV-V. 24 PDF

By Simon Hornblower

ISBN-10: 019814881X

ISBN-13: 9780198148814

This is often the second one quantity of a three-volume ancient and literary statement of the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian warfare among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 hide 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 total 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 artwork: leading edge or basically 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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S. Stroud. Thucydides and Corinth'. Chiron, 24 (1994). 267-302. at 301 and 275 n. 10. P. Derow, 'Historical Explanation: Polybius and his Predecessors', in Grrek Historiography (above, n. 54). 73-90. at 84. See Grttk Historiography. 60-1; JHS 115 (1995). 59. Stroud (above, n. 61), 302. 41 4 1 4 1 4 1 21 Introduction so obvious. It seems to me that visits to Corinth (and Sparta—and Argos—and Mantinea—and so on) would answer as well: exiles regularly moved around a good deal. But Stroud is particularly concerned to demolish what he calls the 'tale* that Thucydides spent his exile in Thrace, writing his history under a plane-tree, a tale handed down by Marcellinus and Plutarch.

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 . It will now, I hope, be clear why I began as I did with that curiously neglected sentence from Thucydides i. 97 about those who fvveriBcoav Greek history before Thucydides, and why I insisted that there is no necessary implication about writing; or rather, about writing a formal text written all at once. In the next section, when dealing with the epic background to Brasidas, I shall be mentioning the so-called New Simonides.

89-306. " II D. Westlake, Fssays on the Greek Historians and Greek History (Manchester. 1969). 132. 5 4 5 w 18 General remarks: relation to HCT important strategic development only casually and in the context of events unfolding at Megara. And Gomme and his continuators were always alert to Thucydides' related habit of introducing material where it is most relev­ ant rather than at the first and most obvious place. But I am convinced that the categories and vocabulary of de Jong are valuable in helping with the systematic identification of such subtleties.

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