A Commentary on Thucydides: Volume II: Books IV-V. 24 by Simon Hornblower PDF

By Simon Hornblower

ISBN-10: 019814881X

ISBN-13: 9780198148814

This can be 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 struggle among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 conceal the years 425-421 BC and comprise 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 paintings: leading edge or simply incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal ownership" and the ongoing value of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's observation, by means of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the element of Thucydides' suggestion and subject-matter. a whole index on the finish of the amount.

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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.

10. 10, the aftermath of the battle of Amphipolis: the Athenians fled πολλάς οδούς τραπόμίναι κατά όρη. (For the first accusative here compare, with Ciassen/Steup. v. 58. )Jowett translates v. 10. 10 as follows: 'by various mountain paths' and the Penguin has 'by various tracks over the mountains' For another use of οδός in this sense see Arr. Anak iv. 29. 2, a 'rough and difficult path* (Brunt translates 'track') up Aornos, άδόν τραχείαν και δύαπορον. Returning to iv. 36, if Thucydides, working in complete independence of Herodotus and assuming ignorance of Herodotus on the part of his readers, had never­ theless wanted to allude to the Thermopylai incident, he could have 89 * Kcnnelly.

2 quoted by Stroud (see above for oi rd aa4arara . . ). These words are introduced by Xiyovat Sc, 'those of the Peloponnesians . . say'. Does this imply interrogation of wellinformed Corinthian individuals, whether sailors or scholars or both? Surely Thucydides is thinking rather of literary accounts, in poetry or prose; Xiyovat, 'they say', is entirely appropriate for literary accounts, which might, even in Thucydides' day, have been performed orally. (See further below, pp. ) 70 My second example brings me at last to Thucydides and Herodotus.

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