By Simon Hornblower
This can be the second one quantity of a three-volume ancient and literary statement of the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian battle 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 total thematic advent 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 paintings: cutting edge or simply incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal Possession" and the continued significance of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's statement, by means of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the aspect of Thucydides' idea and subject-matter. an entire index on the finish of the amount.
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Kullmann and J. Althofi" n 26 Thucydides and Herodotus 80 quite exclude such recitation. Note in particular the word djfpoaocv, used again, as in the preceding chapter (21) which we discussed earlier, but this time (ch. 22) used about Thucydides' own work. The Penguin elides what on the traditional view is a difficulty, by translating 'easier to read*; but Jowett was right to say 'disappointing to the ear . It will now, I hope, be clear why I began as I did with that curiously neglected sentence from Thucydides i.
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.
See also below, iv. 104. 4 n. on Ini r6v htpov etc. 11 w u 27 a l Introduction pre-publication, in the form of recitation, by Herodotus. In any case the most extreme simultaneous proponent of a late view of Herodotus and an early view of Thucydides has still to reckon with book v, and above all with the Sicilian books of Thucydides, which on any view are later than 414; not to mention book viii. g. material (ii. ) about Archelaos of Macedon who only began his reign in 413, and which as we shall see in the next section explicitly compare Brasidas to developments later than the Sicilian expedition (iv.