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By Simon Hornblower

ISBN-10: 0198150997

ISBN-13: 9780198150992

This is often the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary statement at the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian conflict among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the old and literary facets of the paintings, this observation offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the aspect of Thucydides' paintings. Making obtainable the aspect of Thucydides' concept and material, this is often the 1st whole remark written via a unmarried writer this century.

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1. 2. ar^fieiov S ’: ‘indicates’. Th. makes frequent use, esp. in the first two books where there is so much antiquarian material, of such tags as arjiieiov Se, reKjxijpiov 8e, jxapropiov 8e. This is the first instance of such a usage. g. H. ) to prove that Th. means different things by the different words he uses, but they all seem to mean simply ‘and this is proof of what I say. . ’. For discussion see Thucydides, iooff. A clear case is i. 132, where orjfxeiov and TeKjxrjpiov are used in different paragraphs to refer to the same idea.

Perhaps has in mind, gives the ‘stated privileges’ of the Spartan kings. But Hdt. has no idea of the development of Greece through the various constitutional stages. For a recent suggestion that these early ‘kings’ were not real kings at all, but groups of hereditary nobles whose position was misunderstood by later Greeks, see R. Drews, Basileus: The Evidence fo r Kingship in Geometric Greece (New Haven, 1983) but cp. P. Carlier, La royauteen Grece (1984). vau T iK a: ‘navies’. We are back on to the subject of fleets, left behind at the end of ch.

All this makes Atreus sound much like one of the later Greek tyrants, but we should remember the possibility that such ‘anachronistic’ features were already present in the tradition when Th. took it over. 3. vauTiKU . . iaxucras: ‘naval ruler’. ’s only original contribution to the legend, although modern reference books cite Th. himself in the present ch. as authority for a number of the items which he here gives. ou xdpiTi to TrXeov: ‘not so much from goodwill’. ) the more honourable or sentimental motive is not excluded but is ranked as secondary.

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