By Christine Lee, Neville Morley

A instruction manual to the Reception of Thucydides deals a useful consultant to the reception of Thucydides and his paintings. via unique essays through verified and rising students, this guide explores the most strands of reception and the main salient contexts within which Thucydides has been learn and appropriated.
Thucydides’ effect has unfold throughout many disciplines and sub-disciplines, together with historiography, political thought, diplomacy and strategic reviews. Essays discover those domain names in addition to different literary, cultural and historic contexts; individuals interact with numerous extant interpretations whereas constructing new ways to Thucydides’ paintings. Chapters concentrate on various facets of Thucydides’ writing; his position as a historian and his contribution to the advance of historiography; his prestige as a political and strategic philosopher; the effect of educational and non-academic readings of The background; and extra Thucydidean subject matters. The instruction manual concludes with own reflections via eminent students at the value and perennial value of Thucydides’ paintings for this iteration and for generations to return.

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There was during the first half of the fifteenth century a marked tendency to translate only works of moderate length. And even if historiography, including biography, was among the most popular genres, together with political and moral philosophy, on the whole works dealing with Roman history attracted more attention. Moreover, Thucydides’ elliptic style and complicated syntax probably deterred many would-be translators. By comparison, Xenophon’s more straightforward prose brought him many admirers – and made him more accessible (Marsh 1992).

This initial conceptualization of Thucydides, who was now elevated into the “high priest of truth” (Dion. , Thuc. 1), may have originated in peripatetic philosophy (Canfora 2006: 747), but we can see it clearly manifested in the sometimes virulent critiques that ancient historians directed at each other, sometimes across the centuries. Denunciation of “ignoramuses,” “liars,” “flatterers,” or “calumniators”, whether directed at individuals (as in Polybius’ famous accusation against Timaeus of Sicily in his Histories Book 11) or more generally (Flavius Josephus denigrates the entire profession in Contra Appionem), is voiced in the name of Thucydidean dogma, but always without explicit reference to Thucydides, which seems to prove that the historian’s methodological principles very rapidly fell into the “public domain” and became part of the common culture of all the learned.

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