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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter discusses the ways in which later historians completed the unfinished history of Thucydides. Cratippus (the author of the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia), Xenophon and Theopompus all wrote completions of Thucydides. They also attached continuations to their completions, going well beyond the endpoint Thucydides envisaged at 5.26. This chapter mentions the continuations only where relevant, however, choosing instead to focus on the completions because they are our first receptions of Thucydides. It considers the ways in which they did or did not imitate their great predecessor and how in other ways they might have engaged with his narrative. Xenophon’s completion is the main focus because it is the only one that is fully extant.

Keywords: Cratippus, Hellenica Oxyrhynchia, Xenophon, Hellenica, Theopompus, completions of Thucydides, continuations of Thucydides

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