By Simon Hornblower
This can be the 1st quantity of a two-volume old and literary statement at the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian conflict among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the historic and literary facets of the paintings, this statement 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 aspect of Thucydides' suggestion and material, this is often the 1st entire statement written by way of a unmarried writer this century.
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J. , returning to a long unfashionable belief in a Phoenician presence in the Aegean. For 8. 29 i. 8. i Introduction: The Archaeology the ‘Phoenician’ debate see now M. , referring to this passage of Th. apTupiov 8 e: ‘This is proved’. See above 6. 2n. on arifxeiov Se. ArjXou y a p Ka 0 aipo(xevr|s uito ’A 0 r|vauov ev tw Sc t u ttoX€[iu>: ‘when the Athenians purified Delos during the Peloponnesian War’ [lit. ‘this war’]. This ‘purification’ took place in 426/5 b c ; it is described more fully at iii.
Too far. See further below on ovre etc. to. T€ Eepd: ‘the temples’ (cp. re lepois). The emphasis on temples is striking; cp. F. de Polignac, La naissance de la citegrecque (Paris, 1984), arguing for the importance of sanctuaries in the development of the city-state, but stressing rural not urban sanctuaries. Judging from the present passage Th. seems to have put the emphasis the other way round. rieXoiTOVvr^crou tu>v tre v re Tas S u o (xcnpas ve^ o vT ai: ‘And yet they own two fifths of the Peloponnese’.
In his treat ment of Homer and myth. ’s intended ‘panhellenic’ audience, which Howie suggests was comparable to that of Pindar. aKpi(3ei: ‘valid’ [lit. ‘precise’ or ‘accurate’]. For this word see 22. 211. crrjpeuu: ‘proof’. It has been claimed that this word is appropriate to a fallible sign as opposed to a certain indication. Here, it is true, the evidence under discussion (smallness of Mycenae) is a fallible sign. But see above, 6. 2 n. 2. A a K e S a ip -o v iu v y a p ei -irdXis. ‘Suppose the city of Sparta .
A Commentary on Thucydides, Volume 1: Books I - III by Simon Hornblower