By Christine Lee, Neville Morley
A guide to the Reception of Thucydides deals a useful consultant to the reception of Thucydides and his paintings. via unique essays through proven and rising students, this instruction manual explores the most strands of reception and the main salient contexts within which Thucydides has been learn and appropriated.
Thucydides’ impression has unfold throughout many disciplines and sub-disciplines, together with historiography, political conception, diplomacy and strategic experiences. Essays discover those domain names in addition to different literary, cultural and historic contexts; individuals have interaction with quite a few extant interpretations whereas constructing new techniques to Thucydides’ paintings. Chapters concentrate on diverse features of Thucydides’ writing; his function as a historian and his contribution to the advance of historiography; his prestige as a political and strategic philosopher; the impression of educational and non-academic readings of The heritage; and extra Thucydidean topics. The instruction manual concludes with own reflections through eminent students at the value and perennial significance of Thucydides’ paintings for this new release and for generations to return.
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Estienne’s edition is thus an example of a general tendency to publish a sort of companion together with the texts itself. Estienne’s Greek text, and his and Francesco Porto’s revision of Valla’s Latin translation, were later the basis of the important edition of John Hudson (Oxford, 34 Marianne Pade 1696). J. A. Duker revised Hudson’s edition and Valla’s translation once more in 1731, and the text of the 1731 edition was the basis of the following editions: 1759, Glasgow; 1785, Vienna; 1788 and 1789, Zweibrücken; 1790–1804, Leipzig; 1804, Edinburgh; and 1809, 1815, and 1821, Oxford.
In this new context, where history played itself out and was written on a global scale, the work of Thucydides, which relates to micro-history and tells of an inglorious episode in Athens’ history, must have appeared to be merely a marginal witness to an era which had completely disappeared. The second moment in the reception of Thucydides in antiquity is when his presence becomes an influence, when his history moved from being a work of reference to being a model worthy of imitation. Such a transformation was only possible because the work had ceased to be considered only in terms of its subject matter (which was open to being reused), and had become the object of critical analysis of the choices (methodological, ideological, and aesthetic) which governed its composition.
There are at least two reasons for this silence. The first, already mentioned, is that ancient writers were not accustomed to citing their sources. The second is historical and geopolitical: the conquests of Alexander the Great and then the rise of the Roman Empire shifted the classical world’s center of gravity first eastwards and then westwards, and at the same time fixed the interest of historians on new subjects. In this new context, where history played itself out and was written on a global scale, the work of Thucydides, which relates to micro-history and tells of an inglorious episode in Athens’ history, must have appeared to be merely a marginal witness to an era which had completely disappeared.
A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides by Christine Lee, Neville Morley