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By Christine Lee, Neville Morley

A instruction manual to the Reception of Thucydides deals a useful advisor to the reception of Thucydides and his paintings. via unique essays through proven and rising students, this guide explores the most strands of reception and the main salient contexts within which Thucydides has been learn and appropriated.
Thucydides’ impression has unfold throughout many disciplines and sub-disciplines, together with historiography, political concept, diplomacy and strategic reviews. Essays discover those domain names in addition to different literary, cultural and ancient contexts; individuals interact with various extant interpretations whereas constructing new methods to Thucydides’ paintings. Chapters specialize in assorted points of Thucydides’ writing; his position as a historian and his contribution to the advance of historiography; his prestige as a political and strategic philosopher; the impact of educational and non-academic readings of The historical past; and extra Thucydidean topics. The guide concludes with own reflections via eminent students at the value and perennial value of Thucydides’ paintings for this new release and for generations to come back.

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There are at least two reasons for this silence. The first, already mentioned, is that ancient writers were not accustomed to citing their sources. The second is historical and geopolitical: the conquests of Alexander the Great and then the rise of the Roman Empire shifted the classical world’s center of gravity first eastwards and then ­westwards, and at the same time fixed the interest of historians on new subjects. In this new context, where history played itself out and was written on a global scale, the work of Thucydides, which relates to micro-history and tells of an inglorious episode in Athens’ history, must have appeared to be merely a marginal witness to an era which had completely disappeared.

To begin with, the variety and extent of Plutarch’s work, composed as it is of two distinct components, the Lives and the Moralia, make the question of Thucydides’ influence rather delicate. However, by schematizing a little, one can assert that Plutarch used the historian in two ways. He used him firstly as one source among others for the history of Athens in the fifth century, especially in the lives of Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades. Plutarch knew Thucydides well, but let himself be inspired freely by him, not Thucydides’ Ancient Reputation 21 hesitating to rework information to adapt it for the specific perspective – more psychological than historical – of his biographical project (Romilly 1988), and ­perhaps also because he was looking to supply his own analysis of the actions and motives of his different protagonists, an analysis which is at times finer and more nuanced than that of Thucydides (Pelling 2002).

Including the beginning of the Hellenica), with a division into books different from that which has come down to us (Canfora 2006: 731–5). However, even if one may reasonably suppose that Xenophon (whose opinion on the matter is nowhere recorded) had in effect intended to finish and continue the work of Thucydides, he has never been considered by either ancients or moderns as an imitator of the historian, in that his historiographical choices, his methods and his style are clearly different. 7; Marcellinus, Vita Thucydidis 45), telling “the end of the Peloponnesian War” from the battle of Cynossema in 411 BCE up to the fall of Cnidus in 394 BCE (Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Epistula Ad Pompeium Geminum c.

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