A guide to the Reception of Thucydides bargains a useful consultant to the reception of Thucydides, with a powerful emphasis on evaluating and contrasting various traditions of analyzing and interpretation.
• offers an in-depth, entire assessment of the reception of the Greek historian Thucydides
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Lucian’s technē, constructed in a literary context characterised via the omnipresence of rhetoric, the fruit of the lengthy evolution of the old style, isn't for that reason an easy repetition of the rules of Thucydides; it bears witness still to the relevant position occupied by way of the historian within the second century CE as a historiographical version. This effect is proven through Lucian’s actual Histories, which take on the old style from one other attitude, parody and pastiche: while the narrator publicizes that he's going to relate issues which he has “neither visible, nor lived, nor learnt from one other” and that “the readers must never think any of it in any respect” (True Histories A. four) he's doing not anything except taking the antithesis of the Thucydidean place. Thucydides’ impact at the Greek historian Cassius Dio, writer of an formidable heritage of Rome in 80 books, has lengthy been demonstrated. The judgment of the Byzantine Photios, developing Thucydides because the virtually particular version for the Severan historian (Bibliotheca 71), specially for the discursive components (“In the dēmēgoriai he imitates and excels Thucydides, other than that he seems to be extra to be clear”) for a very long time inspired the serious view, which used to be interested by setting up the proof for this imitatio Thucydidis within the background of Rome: lexical and stylistic borrowings, taking of freely tailored quotations, insertion of lengthy passages in an instantaneous demeanour (often provided in antilogy, a kind expensive to Thucydides), reuse of explanatory or narrative schemas (Litsch 1893; Kyhnitzsch 1894; Millar 1964; Lintott 1997; Bertrand 2010). a few contexts appear to want those borrowings: it's been proven that conflict narratives particularly are the location of such encounters, the narrative of army operations Thucydides’ historic acceptance 23 being from time to time modeled on confrontations defined via Thucydides. it truly is real that it might be harmful to restrict Cassius Dio’s literary versions to the only determine of Thucydides. And but even if a few critics have sought to stress the impact of alternative historians, reminiscent of Herodotus (Lachenaud 2003) or Xenophon (Lucarini 2003), or the significance of rhetoric within the paintings of Cassius Dio, it truly is no much less precise that the Thucydidean version has a vital position within the building of Dio’s narrative. If it permits him to illustrate his command of literary tradition and to sign up himself in a historiographical culture that was once undeniably well known on the time, it additionally helped to explain his political research and to build his heritage of Rome. Thucydides turns out accordingly to represent, even within the 3rd century CE, a historiographical version that used to be inspiring to historians and in whose phrases we will learn and interpret literary works (particularly old narratives) which first observed the sunshine of day during this period. it really is in reality probably now not rather a lot the historians themselves who think the necessity to build their narratives in the formal framework confirmed through Thucydides – or to tell apart themselves via no longer doing so – as their readers and commentators who, from the outset, search out the lines or absence of the historian of their works, because it is most unlikely to learn or verify a ancient narrative with no calling up the ghost of Thucydides.