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Thucydides and Internal War - Jonathan J. Price

Thucydides and Internal War

Hardcover Published: 20th August 2001
ISBN: 9780521780186
Number Of Pages: 424

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In this book Jonathan Price attempts to demonstrate that Thucydides consciously viewed and presented the Peloponnesian War in terms of a condition of civil strife - stasis, in Greek. Thucydides defines stasis as a set of symptoms indicating an internal disturbance in both individuals and states. This diagnostic method, in contrast to all other approaches in antiquity, allows an observer to identify stasis even when the combatants do not or cannot openly acknowledge the nature of their conflict. The words and actions which Thucydides chooses for his narrative meet his criteria for stasis: the speeches in the History represent the breakdown of language and communication characteristic of internal conflict, and the zeal for victory led to acts of unusual brutality and cruelty, and overall disregard for genuinely Hellenic customs, codes of morality and civic loyalty. Viewing the Peloponnesian War as a destructive internal war had profound consequences for Thucydides' historical vision.

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'... valuable insights on virtually every aspect of Thucydides' work.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

The Model of Stasis
Beyond Corcyra
The transvaluation of words
Hellenic states redefine the community of Hellas
The failure of communication
The 'greatest kinesis'
The Peloponnesian war and stasis
Thucydides and Hellas
The archaeology, the Pentekontaetia and the Persians
List of works cited
General index
Index locorum
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ISBN: 9780521780186
ISBN-10: 0521780187
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 20th August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.79