By Simon Hornblower
This can be the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary statement at the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian struggle among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the historic and literary features of the paintings, this remark offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the aspect of Thucydides' paintings. Making obtainable the aspect of Thucydides' proposal and subject material, this is often the 1st entire remark written via a unmarried writer this century.
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That facts of dissatisfaction is superficially opposite to the implication of the current passage of Th. , even though by means of announcing ‘we didn't take offence’ the Athenians are the following announcing in impression ‘we may well good have taken offence, yet didn’t’. three . atro T€ tt|S ouk oucttjs: ‘a urban which now not existed’ [77-oAetos, ‘a city’, should be provided from voXecuv, ‘the cities’, above]. This recollects the sneer of Adeimantos the Corinthian at Themistokles as a ‘man 119 Debate at Sparta ! • seventy four- three and not using a city’, sixty one. i. tw firj Ian narpCs and an anoAi avhpi, Hdt. viii. seventy five. 1. ’A p ’ a | io i ea|xev . . ‘do we deserve? ’ The query, simply what the Athenians do deserve, is pungently replied by way of Sthenelaidas at 86. i: SnrXaaCas ^y/xias a o i cloiv, ‘they should be punished two times over’ in the event that they behaved good within the Persian Wars and are actually behaving badly. yet on such echoes see introductory n. to 67-88. 2. upwv |xev ouk €0 eXr^advTuv irap an etv ai: ‘you weren't ready to stay’. Spartan acquiescence or another way, within the assumption by means of Athens of the management of the Greeks in 479, is a vexed query: at ninety five. 7 less than Th. turns out to echo the view the following taken (not unusually) by means of the Athenian audio system; yet a distinct authorial view is implied at ninety two and through a few non-Thucydidean proof. See nn. on those passages. See ninety seven. 2n. on dp. a Se and so on. for Winton’s view of the relation among this ch. and that. three. (xaXiCTTa ja€V u-ito S e o u s , e-ireira Kai u o re p o v Kai axjjeXias: ‘fear was once our first purpose, afterwards honour, and eventually advantage’. at the psychology of this passage, or particularly at the moment and 3rd factors (which move heavily together), see P. J. Rhodes, The Athenian Em pire ( Greece & Rome New Surveys within the Classics, no. 17, 1985), forty two. the industrial and different ‘advantages’ of the empire to Athens and to person Athenians are by no means spelled out via Th. ; they gain the higher in addition to the decrease periods: see lower than, viii. forty eight n. See typically M. I. Finley, ‘Empire within the Greco-Roman World’, Greece & Rome 25 (1978), iff. , and ‘The Fifth-Century Athenian Empire: A Balance-Sheet’, in Imperialism within the historical global, ed. P. Garnsey and C. Whittaker (Cambridge, 1978), 301 ff. yet what of the 1st reason for beginning the empire, specifically, ‘fear’? At ninety five and ninety six less than, Th. speaks of appeals to Athens via the allies, to answer which might be an issue of honour and virtue, now not worry; and of hope for revenge on Persia—honour and virtue back, one might have proposal. actually without doubt there has been nonetheless worry of Persia (as the scholiast thought), maybe additionally worry of the results of Pausanias’ behaviour (although the single fears pointed out are Spartan fears which brought on them to ship out not more commanders, ninety five. 7). worry of Sparta is definitely implied in seventy five. four (vttotttmv Kai 8ia