By Simon Hornblower
This is often the second one quantity of a three-volume ancient and literary remark of the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian struggle among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 conceal the years 425-421 BC and include 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 entire thematic creation which discusses such issues 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 artwork: cutting edge or in simple terms incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal Possession" and the continued significance of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's statement, by way of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the aspect of Thucydides' proposal and subject-matter. an entire index on the finish of the quantity.
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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. D. Boedeker. "Simonides on Plataca: Narrative Elegy, Mythodic History'. , in December 1994. Kennelly (above, n. 73), 144. See also Gnttk Historiography, 22 n. 41, where I discuss the possibility thai on certain issues 'Th.
Conclusion, pp. 120 IT. To summarize so far. I stress the significance of i. 97. 2 and i. 21 as showing that Thucydides had predecessors, and that he was aware of them. If in both places we take the crucial verb to mean 'compose* without begging the question of writing, we shall be willing to imagine Thucydides reacting not merely to written narratives but to recited ones, like Simonides—or Herodotus. I agree with those who say that Thucydides did not have Herodotus only in mind here and elsewhere—v.
For instance—to stay with i. 9—what about the complicated mythology later in that chapter, Eurystheus' mother exiled because of the death ofChrysippus and so on? Thucydides was extraordinarily lucky to come across Corinthian sailors who were such polished spare-time mythographers. ) Or what about i. 12 and the material about the occupation of Boiotia sixty years after the fall of Troy? That is normally thought to be an attempt to reconcile some awkward discrepancies between the Homeric Catalogue ofShips and the rest of the tradition; it was clever of those same Corinthian sailors to point Thucydides in the direction of so elegant a solution.
A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume 2: Books IV-V. 24 by Simon Hornblower