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date: 23 October 2019

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This introduction, co-authored by the three editors, provides an overview of the entire Handbook, concentrating on the salient points of each chapter and on the interconnections among chapters. The introduction explains Thucydides’ continuing significance for political life, as well as for historical method and the historical understanding of ancient Greece. In addition, it introduces Thucydides as a literary author, and sets Thucydides’ historiographical achievement in its ancient context. Finally, the introduction provides a scholarly context within which to locate this collection of essays in relation to other recent collections that examine the diverse dimensions of the History, including its understudied Nachleben.

Keywords: Thucydides, Greek history, ancient historiography, ancient political thought, ancient reception, historian, method, philosopher, rhetoric, style

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