Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation

Paperback | December 8, 2004

byTim Rood

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`War is a harsh teache' wrote Thucydides in the fifth-century BC. Rood analyses the techniques through which Thucydides' narrative explains the origin and course of the Peloponnesian War and exposes harsh truths about how individuals and states behave. Rood concentrates on how the use oftechniques, such as selectivity, interaction of speech and narrative, and manipulation of time and perspective, points at one level to general human constraints, at another to the self-destructiveness of Athens' imperial power. The book explores some techniques that have received little attentionand offers new ways of reading others; it gives new insight into Thucydides' sophistication and the way he relates to his predecessors. It is also important for its attempts to refute views that Thucydides' History is made up of different compositional strata or inspired by pro-Athenian bias. Andit addresses directly the way modern historians use Thucydides, contributes to the contemporary debate over narrative history, and shows the value of applying some of the concepts of recent narrative theory to historical texts.

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`War is a harsh teache' wrote Thucydides in the fifth-century BC. Rood analyses the techniques through which Thucydides' narrative explains the origin and course of the Peloponnesian War and exposes harsh truths about how individuals and states behave. Rood concentrates on how the use oftechniques, such as selectivity, interaction of s...

Tim Rood is Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.8 inPublished:December 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Interpreting Thucydides1. Introduction: History and Literature2. The Analysis of Narrative: PylosII. Time, Perception, Knowledge3. Perceptions: Towards Peace4. Misreadings: Book V5. Temporal ManipulationIII. Explaining Defeat6. Selectivity and Omission: Athenian Politics7. Athens and Sicily8. Nikias and AthensIV. Explaining War9. Selectivity and Omission: Book I10. The PentekontaetiaV. Continuity and Closure11. Continuity: Book VIII12. Conclusion: The Ends of History

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`Rood has much to say that is new and exciting. He has brought to the task wide reading and a great sensitivity to his author, and he has applied the techniques of narratology to Thucydides' text more expertly than anyone before. And in so doing, he has produced the most important book onThucydides since Connor's work of nearly two decades ago.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review