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By Simon Hornblower

This can be the second one quantity of a three-volume old and literary statement 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 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 total thematic advent 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 paintings: cutting edge or simply incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal ownership" and the ongoing significance 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' idea and subject-matter. a whole index on the finish of the quantity.

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All that said, I happily admit that since 1992 the New Simonidcs (below, p. 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.

JHS 91 (1971). 25-34. an Interpretative Essay (Oxford, 1971). Kennelly (above, n. 73), 37. " R. Thomas, Literacy and Orality in Ancient Qrrece (London, 199a}, 125, citing J. 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.

123) and the intertextual implications of this particular suggestion about Th. vi. 54 ff. do not bother me unduly. ), Vermittlung und Tradiervng von Wissrn in d*r griechischen Ku/tur (Tubingen. 1993). 225-44, 244. 's 'contest to be heard for the moment', Aywviofta cy rd -nnp6xprjpa Atcotitiv, 'must bring strongly to mind the rhetorical and epideictic performances of the sophistic generation'. See also Boedeker (below, n. 81). 's different ways of negating propositions sec below iv. 62. 3 n. on T O I > V ti'dvrt roil nXdov Jveo* etc.

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