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Thucydides and the Shaping of Histo : Art and Social Life in PrehistoricSouth-East Italy - Emily Greenwood

Thucydides and the Shaping of Histo

Art and Social Life in PrehistoricSouth-East Italy

Paperback Published: 21st December 2005
ISBN: 9780715632833
Number Of Pages: 192

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Thucydides' work was one of the most exciting creations in the cultural history of Greece in the fifth century BC and it still poses fresh and challenging questions about the writing of history. There is a marked tension in Thucydides' History between his aim to write about contemporary events and his desire that his work should outlast the period in which he composed it. Thucydides and the Shaping of History addresses two important issues- how contemporary was the History when it was written in the fifth century, and how 'contemporary' is it now? This book combines a close analysis of Thucydides' narrative with a discussion of its intellectual motivation; it examines how the historian attempted to determine the way in which readers would respond to his conception of the events of the Atheno-Peloponnesian War, and to ensure the continuing influence of his ideas.

Whose contemporary?p. 1
Point of view and vantage pointp. 19
Temporal and spatial perspectivesp. 42
Speaking the truthp. 57
New theatres of war : book 8 and Sophocles' Philoctetesp. 83
Reading Thucydides with Lucianp. 109
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ISBN: 9780715632833
ISBN-10: 0715632833
Series: Classical Literature and Society
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 21st December 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1