The Mind Of Thucydides by Jacqueline RomillyThe Mind Of Thucydides by Jacqueline Romilly

The Mind Of Thucydides

byJacqueline Romilly, Jacqueline de RomillyIntroduction byHunter R. Rawlings III

Hardcover | August 3, 2012

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The publication of Jacqueline de Romilly’s Histoire et raison chez Thucydide in 1956 virtually transformed scholarship on Thucydides. Rather than mining The Peloponnesian War to speculate on its layers of composition or second-guess its accuracy, it treated it as a work of art deserving rhetorical and aesthetic analysis. Ahead of its time in its sophisticated focus upon the verbal texture of narrative, it proved that a literary approach offered the most productive and nuanced way to study Thucydides. Still in print in the original French, the book has influenced numerous Classicists and historians, and is now available in English for the first time in a careful translation by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings. The Cornell edition includes an introduction by Hunter R. Rawlings III and Jeffrey Rusten tracing the context of this book’s original publication and its continuing influence on the study of Thucydides.

Romilly shows that Thucydides constructs his account of the Peloponnesian War as a profoundly intellectual experience for readers who want to discern the patterns underlying historical events. Employing a commanding logic that exercises total control over the data of history, Thucydides uses rigorous principles of selection, suggestive juxtapositions, and artfully opposed speeches to reveal systematic relationships between plans and outcomes, impose meaning on the smallest events, and insist on the constant battle between intellect and chance. Thucydides’ mind found in unity and coherence its ideal of historical truth.

Jacqueline de Romilly (1913–2010) was the author of more than thirty books on the literature and history of ancient Greece; among her many honors, she was the first woman Professor of the Collège de France, and in 1989 was the second woman elected to the Académie Française. Jacqueline de Romilly (1913–2010) was the author of more t...
Title:The Mind Of ThucydidesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:August 3, 2012Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801450632

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Table of Contents

Editors' and Translator’s Preface
Editors’ Introduction
Author’s Dedication
1. Narrative Methods
2. Battle Accounts: Analysis and Narration
3. The Antithetical Speeches
4. Investigating the Past: The "Archaeology"
ConclusionWorks Cited
Index of Thucydidean Passages Discussed
General Index

Editorial Reviews

"This translation is valuable in making more widely available a book which, though half a century old, has endured as a classic of Thucydidean scholarship. Reading this book will give all those who encounter Thucydides, whether in the original Greek or in translation, much more of a feeling for the texture of his language. The chapter on the Archaeology is particularly significant: it remains the most lucid analysis of Thucydides' techniques in this important section of the work." - Timothy Rood, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, author of Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation