Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation

Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation

by Tim Rood
     
 

In this book Tim Rood analyses the techniques through which Thucydides' narrative explains the origin and course of the Peloponnesian War and tells a broader story of the political and psychological behaviour of states and individuals. The book concentrates on how the use of techniques, such as selectivity, interaction of speech and narrative, and manipulation of time… See more details below

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In this book Tim Rood analyses the techniques through which Thucydides' narrative explains the origin and course of the Peloponnesian War and tells a broader story of the political and psychological behaviour of states and individuals. The book concentrates on how the use of techniques, 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 author explores techniques that have received little attention and offers new ways of reading others, giving new insights into Thucydides' sophistication and the way he relates to his predecessors. He sets his interpretations against attempts to see parts of Thucydides' work as written to defend Athens, and against the assumptions historians make in using Thucydides. The book contributes to the contemporary debate over narrative history, and shows the value of applying the concepts of literary theory to historical texts.

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"Stimulating and important.... 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 (dare I say, to any ancient historical text) more expertly than anyone before.... A rich and sensitive reading of Thucydides.... The fundamental starting point for future analyses."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"A careful and subtle book, and a very important one for historians as well as literary students of Thucydides.... A really accomplished work of scholarship."—Classical Philology

"A fascinating and important work."—Classical Review

"Rood succeeds admirably and convincingly in showing how internal disunity led to Athens' defeat in war.... The real merit of Rood's study consists in the detail with which he supports his contentions."—Classical World

"All students of Thucydides will benefit from this book, and undergraduates will be particularly well served by the introduction, which offers an unbeatable summary of the Peloponnesian War and overview of Thucydides' oeuvre."—The Classical Outlook

"Rood makes the case for a fresh reading of the great Greek historian, literary stylist, and student of human nature using the tools of modern narratology....Upper-division undergraduates and above."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199275854
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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