9780715632833

Thucydides And The Shaping Of History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780715632833

  • ISBN10:

    0715632833

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-21
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
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Summary

Thucydides' work was one of the most exciting creations in the cultural history of Greece in the fifth century B.C. and it still poses fresh and challenging questions about the writing of history. There is a marked tension in Thucydides' History between his aim to write about contemporary events and the desire that his work should outlast the period in which he composed it. Thucydides and the Shaping of History addresses two important issues: how contemporary was the History when it was written in the fifth century, and how "contemporary" is it now? This book combines a close analysis of Thucydides' narrative with a discussion of its intellectual motivation; it examines how the historian attempted to determine the way in which readers would respond to his conception of the events of the Atheno-Peloponnesian War, and to ensure the continuing influence of his ideas.

Author Biography

Emily Greenwood is Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature at the University of St. Andrews.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations xi
1. Whose Contemporary? 1(18)
2. Point of View and Vantage Point 19(23)
3. Temporal and Spatial Perspectives 42(15)
4. Speaking the Truth 57(26)
5. New Theatres of War: Book 8 and Sophocles' Philoctetes 83(26)
6. Reading Thucydides with Lucian 109(21)
Notes 130(31)
Appendices 161(11)
1. Timeline
161(4)
2. Structure of the History
165(5)
3. Maps
170(2)
Bibliography 172(12)
Index of Passages 184(2)
General Index 186

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