Kinship in Thucydides: Intercommunal Ties and Historical Narrative

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

byMaria Fragoulaki

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This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture. Presenting a new interpretation of the Peloponnesian War and its historian, it focuses on the role of emotions and ethics in the context of political history and ethnic conflicts.Drawing on modern anthropological enquiries on kinship and the sociology of ethnicity and emotions, and on scholarly work on kinship diplomacy and Greek ethnicity, it argues that inter-communal kinship has a far more pervasive importance in Thucydides than has so far been acknowledged.Through close readings and contextualization of a variety of sources, Fragoulaki discusses the various ways in which ancient Greek communities could be related to each other (colonization, genealogies, belonging to the same ethnic group, socio-cultural symbols, political mechanisms, andinstitutions) and the largely cultural, emotional, and ethical expression of these ties. Through new readings of the History, such topics as Thucydides' narrative technique, his challenging silences, his interaction with other genres, and his intense engagement with Herodotus are dissected anddiscussed - offering a new appreciation of his unique contribution to historiography.

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This volume explores the relationship between Thucydides and ancient Greek historiography, sociology, and culture. Presenting a new interpretation of the Peloponnesian War and its historian, it focuses on the role of emotions and ethics in the context of political history and ethnic conflicts.Drawing on modern anthropological enquiries...

Maria Fragoulaki is an Honorary Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697779

ISBN - 13:9780199697779

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. Preliminaries: Kinship terminology in Thucydides4. Korinth and its colonies: Charting xyngeneia4. Aiolian kinship: xyngeneia and relatedness in the Mytilene and Plataia episodes5. Sparta's kinship ties6. Athens kinship ties7. Mixed realities of the West: Greeks and non-Greeks8. ConclusionAppendices:I. Athens kleruchies, kinship and ThucydidesII. Cities and colonial information in Thucydides and HerodotusBibliographyIndex LocorumGeneral Index