A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume 1: Books I - III

By Simon Hornblower

This is often the 1st quantity of a two-volume historic and literary observation at the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian battle among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the historic and literary facets of the paintings, this observation offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the element of Thucydides' paintings. Making available the element of Thucydides' proposal and material, this is often the 1st whole statement written by means of a unmarried writer this century.

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Ta$ 8e iX0KrrjT0u . . ‘those of the Boiotians . . . these of Philoktetes’. Iliad, ii. 509 £, 719 f. Tas fieyiCTTas kcu eXa/icjTas . . ‘the biggest and the smallest sized ships’. An over-rational argument. ev v€uiv KaxaXoyw : ‘in of Ships’. just like the point out of the oKijTTTpov irapdSoaLs at nine. four, this academic-sounding expression for part of the paintings exhibits that the Ilia d used to be already the thing of literary learn in Th. ’s time. auTepeTai 8e cm rja a v Kai |xaxi}ioi -n-dvTes: ‘all combating males in addition to rowers’. J. S. Morrison and R. T. Williams, Greek Oared Ships (Cam­ bridge, 1968), forty six, sixty eight, imagine Th. used to be improper and that a few of Homer’s totals have been passengers; that's, the crews have been smaller than Th. proposal. L. Casson, Ships and Seamanship within the historic international (Princeton, 1973), sixty three n. 103, defends Th. , yet basically through (circular) connection with Th. ’s trustworthi­ ness as a historian; additionally to his naval event (which isn't really a decisive attention on what for Th. was once an antiquarian point). Trepivews: ‘many who weren't sailors’. For this notice, this means that primarily ‘one who's on a boat yet no longer of the ship’s company’, see Casson, 319 n. eighty three. It got here to intend a shipment clerk, yet Th. makes use of it in its extra normal and unique experience. KaTaapKTa: ‘fenced in’, via a raised deck above, and, on the facets, via a leather-based display which went around the send. See Casson, 88. 35 i. 10. four advent: The Archaeology ArjcrrtKUTepov: ‘piratical’. See Casson, 88 n. fifty eight: this ‘must confer with quickly, undecked craft’. five. to fie o o v ctkottoOvti: ‘if we take a mean’. See above, para 411. on fieyCaras Kai eAa^taras. 1 1 . 1 . o A iyavflp w -rn a: ‘lack of men’. For this notice, mostly linked to Spartan manpower shortages as a result of a passage within the Politics of Aristotle (i27oa33), see de Ste. Croix, OPW, app. xvi; see additionally less than, iii. ninety three. 2n. (Herakleia Trachinia). ttjs y a p Tpo

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