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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter examines the role that stasis plays in Thucydides’ narrative of the war. There is no single word in English that translates the Attic Greek word stasis precisely. The translator must examine the context in order to determine which English word to choose: civil war, civil strife, faction, revolution. Thucydides mentions about forty instances of it that occurred in the Greek world during the war, but this chapter has three main foci: the description of the famous stasis at Corcyra; the prospect of stasis at Sparta, which best explains Thucydides’ fascination with the outstanding Spartan general, Brasidas, whose actions in the Thraceward region did, in fact, force the Spartans to make some changes in their regime; and the prospect of full-blown stasis at Athens, which Alcibiades alone was able to prevent.

Keywords: Civil war, civil strife, faction, revolution, moderation, motion, kinesis, rest, peace, (hêsuchia), justice

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