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Authorial Comments in Thucydides  

Matthieu de Bakker

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This chapter argues that authorial comments are an important tool of Thucydides’ historiographical strategy. As the comments interrelate with the longer authorial essays, the surrounding ... More

Campaign and Battle Narratives in Thucydides  

Edith Foster

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This chapter reviews the campaign and battle narratives of Thucydides’ History. It discusses the structural role of campaign narratives in the History, and then focusses on the prologues, ... More

Characterization of Individuals in Thucydides’ History  

Philip Stadter

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Thucydides presents the words and deeds of individuals chiefly in terms of their importance for understanding the war. He characterizes leading actors through their speeches, indications ... More

Scale Matters: Compression, Expansion, and Vividness in Thucydides  

W.R. Connor

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By examining variations in scale and techniques of expansion and contraction in Thucydides’ narrative, the essay identifies a mimetic principle in his writing—that the presentation of an ... More

Speeches  

Antonis Tsakmakis

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The great number of set speeches in Thucydides’ work reflects the importance of the art of persuasion in his world, but also exhibits an awareness of the limitations of that art. Far from ... More

Thucydides and Myth: A Complex Relation to Past and Present  

Rosaria Munson

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This essay shows how in Thucydides, and especially in the Archaeology, the mythological periods of Greek history become the subject of argumentation, rather than narrative exposition. It ... More

Thucydides’ Historical Method  

Sara Forsdyke

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This chapter shows how Thucydides’ rigorous critical method and literary artistry combine to produce an intellectually penetrating and emotionally gripping account of the past. For ... More

The Tree, the Funnel, and the Diptych: Some Patterns in Thucydides’ Longest Sentences  

Jeffrey Rusten

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This chapter introduces three common types of long sentence in Thucydides: the “tree,” in which the main action is presented as an initial fact to be explicated and complicated, the ... More

Writing History Implicitly through Refined Structuring  

Hunter Rawlings

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Thucydides self-consciously composed his history for an elite audience of reader-listeners who would pay close attention to his work, not simply hear parts of it recited once. On the ... More

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