The Oxford Handbook of Thucydides

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Ryan Balot, Sarah Forsdyke, Edith Foster
Oxford University Press, Feb 10, 2017 - History - 773 pages
The Oxford Handbook of Thucydides contains newly commissioned essays on Thucydides as an historian, thinker, and writer. It also features chapters on Thucydides' intellectual context and ancient reception. The creative juxtaposition of historical, literary, philosophical, and reception studies allows for a better grasp of Thucydides' complex project and its intellectual context, while at the same time providing a comprehensive introduction to the author's ideas. The volume is organized into four sections of papers: History, Historiography, Political Theory, and Context and Reception. It therefore bridges traditionally divided disciplines. The authors engaged to write the forty chapters for this volume include both well-known scholars and less well-known innovators, who bring fresh ideas and new points of view. Articles avoid technical jargon and long footnotes, and are written in an accessible style. Finally, the volume includes a thorough introduction prefacing each paper, as well as several maps and an up-to-date bibliography that will enable further study. The Oxford Handbook of Thucydides offers a comprehensive introduction to a thinker and writer whose simultaneous depth and innovativeness have been the focus of intense literary and philosophical study since ancient times.

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Kinēsis Navies and the Power Trap in Thucydides
Thucydides on Nature and Human Conduct
Thucydides and the Politics of Necessity
The Regime Politeia in Thucydides
Stasis in the War Narrative
Thucydides on the Political Passions
Leaders and Leadership in Thucydides History

Sparta and the Crisis of the Peloponnesian League in Thucydides
Thucydides on the Athenian Empire and Interstate Relations 431
Thucydides on the Causes and Outbreak of the Peloponnesian
Thucydides on the First Ten Years of War Archidamian War
Mantinea Decelea and the Interwar Years 421413 BCE
Thucydides on the Sicilian Expedition
Writing History Implicitly through Refined Structuring
Compression Expansion and Vividness
Some Patterns
Authorial Comments in Thucydides
A Complex Relation to Past and Present
Characterization of Individuals in Thucydides History
Campaign and Battle Narratives in Thucydides
Was Thucydides a Political Philosopher?
Thucydides and Crowds
Thucydides International Law and International Anarchy
Xenophon as a Socratic Reader of Thucydides
Comparing Thucydides
Thucydides and His Intellectual Milieu
Thucydides Epic and Tragedy
Thucydides and Attic Comedy
Thucydides and His Continuators
Polybius and Sallust
Thucydides and Tacitus
Index Locorum
Subject Index

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Sara Forsdyke is Professor of Classical Studies and History, University of Michigan. Edith Foster is Senior Research Associate, Case Western University and Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Strasbourg. Ryan Balot is Professor of Political Science and Classics, University of Toronto.

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