9780198152569

Thucydides Narrative and Explanation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780198152569

  • ISBN10:

    0198152566

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-01-14
  • Publisher: Clarendon Pr

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Summary

"War is a harsh teacher" wrote Thucydides in the fifth century BC. Rood analyses the techniques through which Thucydides' narrative explains the origin and course of the Peloponnesian War and exposes harsh truths about how individuals and states behave. Rood concentrates on how the use oftechniques, such as selectivity, interaction of speech and narrative, and manipulation of time and perspective, points at one level to general human constraints, at another to the self-destructiveness of Athen's imperial power. The book explores some techniques that have received little attentionand offers new ways of reading others; it gives new insight into Thucydides' sophistication and the way he relates to his predecessors. It is also important for its attempts to refute views that Thucydides' History is made up of different compositional strata or inspired by pro-Athenian bias. Andit addresses directly the way modern historians use Thucydides,, contributes to the contemporary debate over narrative history, and shows the value of applying some of the concepts of recent narrative theory to historical texts.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations x
PART I INTERPRETING THUCYDIDES 3(58)
1. Introduction: History and Literature
3(21)
2. The Analysis of Narrative: Pylos
24(37)
PART II TIME, PERCEPTIONS, KNOWLEDGE 61(72)
3. Perceptions: Towards Peace
61(22)
4. Misreadings: Book V
83(26)
5. Temporal Manipulation
109(24)
PART III EXPLAINING DEFEAT 133(72)
6. Selectivity and Omission: Athenian Politics
133(26)
7. Athens and Sicily
159(24)
8. Nikias and Athens
183(22)
PART IV EXPLAINING WAR 205(46)
9. Selectivity and Omission: Book I
205(20)
10. The Pentekontaetia
225(26)
PART V CONTINUITY AND CLOSURE 251(43)
11. Continuity: Book VIII
251(34)
12. Conclusion: The Ends of History
285(9)
Appendix: Focalization and its (Dis)contents 294(3)
References 297(16)
Index of Passages Cited 313(17)
General Index 330

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