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Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI

«'Anyone reading Thucydides' books VI and VII can, perhaps even should, benefit from the deep knowledge of and understanding for the text Pelling displays.' Jan P. Stronk, Exemplaria Classica»

In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415–413 BCE). Les mer

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In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415–413 BCE). Book 6 features tense debates both at Athens, with cautious Nicias no match for risk-taking Alcibiades, and at Syracuse, with the statesmanlike Hermocrates confronting the populist Athenagoras. The spectacle of the armada is memorably described; so is the panic at Athens when people fear that acts of sacrilege may be alienating the gods, with Alcibiades himself so implicated that he is soon recalled. The Book ends with Athens seeming poised for victory; that will soon change, and a sister commentary on Book 7 is being published simultaneously. The Introduction discusses the narrative skill and the part these books play in the architecture of the history. Considerable help with the Greek is offered throughout the Commentary.

Detaljer

Forlag
Cambridge University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781316630211
Utgivelsesår
2022
Format
22 x 14 cm

Om forfatteren

Christopher Pelling is Emeritus Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. His books include, most recently, Herodotus and the Question Why (2019) and, earlier, Literary Texts and the Greek Historian (2000); Plutarch and History (2002); and Twelve Voices from Ancient Greece and Rome (with Maria Wyke, 2014). He has also written commentaries on Plutarch's Caesar (2011) and, in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series, Plutarch's Life of Antony (1988) and, with Simon Hornblower, Herodotus Book 6 (2017). His edited or co-edited volumes include Characterization and Individuality in Greek Literature (1990), Ethics and Rhetoric (1995), Greek Tragedy and the Historian (1997), Ancient Historiography and its Contexts (2011), and Rediscovering E. R. Dodds (2019). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

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«'Anyone reading Thucydides' books VI and VII can, perhaps even should, benefit from the deep knowledge of and understanding for the text Pelling displays.' Jan P. Stronk, Exemplaria Classica»

«'The Introductions serve as warm and erudite welcomes into a text often represented as cold and formidable. … The commentaries are extremely rich … Pelling's volumes facilitate greater access to Thucydides, while his insightful readings demonstrate the way that Thucydides' authorial choices leave the reader with a sense of the tragedy of the Peloponnesian War.' Rachel Bruzzone, Bryn Mawr Classical Review»

«'The commentary is outstanding in breadth and depth. Decades of research and teaching have gone into it, as shown both in the mastery of the literature (primary and secondary) and also in Pelling's sure-footed ability to tell readers exactly what they need to be told when tackling what can be a daunting piece of Greek.' John Godwin, Classics for All»

«'… beautifully written, packed with self-contained information about the text and citations of the secondary scholarship. … a foundational resource for the study of Thucydides.' Gregory Crane, Bryn Mawr Classical Review»

«'Book 6 is beautifully written, packed with self-contained information about the text and citations of the secondary scholarship.' Gregory Crane, Tufts University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review»

«'… Pelling provides us with a significant piece of work, all the more so because of his close focus upon literary matters, in which he excels. He is in full control of the text, its grammar and syntax, major and minor themes, and the enormous secondary literature that afflicts the scholar trying to explicate Thucydides' rhetorical genius.' Hunter R. Rawlings III, Histos»

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