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Thucydides - Walter Robert Connor

Paperback Published: 21st October 1987
ISBN: 9780691102399
Number Of Pages: 280

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This full-scale sequential reading of Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War will be invaluable to the specialist and also to those in search of an introduction and companion to the "Histories." Moving beyond other studies by its focus on the reader's role in giving meaning to the text, it reveals Thucydides' use of objectivity not so much as standard for the proper presentation of his subject matter as a method for communicating with his readers and involving them in the complexity and suffering of the Peloponnesian War. W. Robert Connor shows that as Thucydides' themes and ideas are reintroduced and developed, the initial reactions of the reader are challenged, subverted, and eventually made to contribute to a deeper understanding of the war. This book described earlier approaches to the "Histories," including attempts to account for the paradox of the intense emotional power of a work ostensibly so cool and detached. It demonstrates that many features previously thought to be signs of inconsistencies in Thucydides' thought or of different stages of composition are instead parts of the development of the reader's reaction to the war.

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"W. R. Connor, well known for his work as an historian and as a student of historiography, has now written a sensitive literary critique of Thucydides, arguing forcefully that historians who rely on literary evidence must be attentive to how literary texts work. Combining a sound background in his period with a keen sense of Thucydidean style and method, Connor has constructed a work that will be read with profit by anyone interested in history, historiography, or the Periclean age."--Daniel P. Tompkins, History and Theory

*FrontMatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. vii*Acknowledgments, pg. ix*Abbreviations, pg. xi*Introduction, pg. 1*Book 1, pg. 20*Book 2, pg. 52*Book 3, pg. 79*Book 4, pg. 108*Book 5, pg. 141*Book 6, pg. 158*Book 7, pg. 185*Book 8, pg. 210*Conclusion, pg. 231*Appendixes, pg. 251*Index, pg. 263

ISBN: 9780691102399
ISBN-10: 0691102392
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 21st October 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.47  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.4