By Simon Hornblower
This is often the second one quantity of a three-volume old and literary remark of the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century BC historian of the Peloponnesian battle among Athens and Sparta. Books iv-v.24 conceal 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 themes 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 basically incomplete? Thucydides meant his paintings to be "an eternal Possession" and the continued significance of his paintings is undisputed. Simon Hornblower's observation, by way of translating each passage of Greek commented on for the 1st time, permits readers with very little Greek to understand the element of Thucydides' proposal and subject-matter. an entire index on the finish of the amount.
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Extra info for A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume 2: Books IV-V. 24
What was Thucydides' relation to Herodotus, whom he never mentions? 61 62 6 Stroud's article is about Corinth, and makes valuable points about Thucydides' excellent detailed knowledge of Corinthian affairs. Stroud is interested in Thucydides' biography in a way which modern literary theorists would find unfashionable, but he makes a good case for thinking that Thucydides visited Corinth during his exile and found out about Corinth in that way rather than out of books. Whether we can go further and say with Stroud that Thucydides was actually 'resident' there is not 64 R.
118 and v. 18 and 23, or the oratio obliqua at iv. 96-97. need an artistic explanation. Or should we stick with Andrewes* 1981 analyst view that the whole is a fragment needing further work from Thucydides which it never got? Or can we disregard compositional questions and treat the text narratologically as a unit, accepting that the man Thucydides might have left it incomplete but regarding biograph ical fact as simply irrelevant to its status as an autonomous text? In the final section (7) of this Introduction I shall discuss the structure and peculiar features of iv-v.
The translation I have here adopted for u These four words are hi the dative in the Greek, which contain* an extra thought irrelevant here so 1 have suppressed it: roiy προ ίμού d πα οι ν iVAints τούτο rj»- τό χωρίον *ui ή τά προ τών Μηδικών, etc.. e. the period between the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars was neglected by them and they have composed narratives, etc. 19 Introduction (weriBeoav, 'composed*, differs slightly but significantly from that offered by LSJ who give this (with an instruction to 'cf* Th.