A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume 2: Books IV-V. 24 by Simon Hornblower

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 good fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian warfare among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 disguise 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 subject matters 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 basic terms incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal Possession" and the continued significance of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's statement, through translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the aspect of Thucydides' suggestion and subject-matter. an entire index on the finish of the amount.

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The Structure of Tht*yMrs'History-(Ptincctoit, iy\lt) " W. R. Connor. Thncyitidei (Princeton, 1984). *· C Macleod, Collected Essays (Oxford, 19B3), chs. 8-13. " Contrast Classen/Steup's n. on iv. 85. 1. u »5 Introduction such parallels seems strange to us, it may be because David Lewis was right to speak in his British Academy memoir of Antony Andrewes of the 'new generation of those who insisted on seeing the work as a completed literary whole to be read in order from beginning to end' and because we belong to or have been influenced by that generation of scholars.

On the last page of Averil Cameron's interesting collection of essays, History/is Text}* the editor begins by conceding that Thucydides' claims to reliability have been seen as coexisting with a sense of drama and emotion; but she continues 'it is only relatively recently that Thucydides' history has attracted the kind of attention from the point of view of textuality which would not seem obvious'. A footnote directs the reader to Virginia Hunter's 1973 'Thucydides the Artful Reporter} * This is, I think, a little unfair to Cornford's book of 1907.

At 131. * Dejong (above, n. 54). -G. Nesselrath. Vngeschehenes Geschehen: 'Beinahe-Fpisoden' im gnechischen und' romischen Epos ivn Homer his zum Spafantike (Stuttgart. 1992). I. dejong. Narrath* in Drama the Art ofthe Eunpidean Messenger-Speech {i^tdcn. 1991). 94. and Studies in Homeric Denomination". Mnemosyne, 46 (1993). »89-306. " II D. Westlake, Fssays on the Greek Historians and Greek History (Manchester. 1969). 132. 5 4 5 w 18 General remarks: relation to HCT important strategic development only casually and in the context of events unfolding at Megara.

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