By Simon Hornblower
This is often the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary remark 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 points of the paintings, this observation offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the element of Thucydides' paintings. Making obtainable the aspect of Thucydides' inspiration and material, this is often the 1st entire observation written via a unmarried writer this century.
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2 . O Taaeis: ‘quarrels’. See on 2. 4 above. The classic instance of a city being founded after stasis at home was Taras (Tarentum) in South Italy, a Spartan foundation of the late eighth century b c . (The story was that during the First Messenian War half-breed Spartans were born who were then thrown out by the Spartan men on their return from the fight ing. These became the colonists of Taras. See Strabo, 278 ff. ) But Th. is here talking about a much earlier period, for which his talk of stasis is not appropriate, as is shown by V.
2. , where it is suggested that Th. took the reaction against Hdt. too far. See further below on ovre etc. to. T€ Eepd: ‘the temples’ (cp. re lepois). The emphasis on temples is striking; cp. F. de Polignac, La naissance de la citegrecque (Paris, 1984), arguing for the importance of sanctuaries in the development of the city-state, but stressing rural not urban sanctuaries. Judging from the present passage Th. seems to have put the emphasis the other way round. rieXoiTOVvr^crou tu>v tre v re Tas S u o (xcnpas ve^ o vT ai: ‘And yet they own two fifths of the Peloponnese’.
2. ; cp. above 2. 6n. on Is ’Icuvcav . , and below 95. in . ’'Iw vas • • • ’iTaXias 8 e icai iiK e X tas . ‘Ionia . . the greater part of Italy and Sicily’. ) to treat the colonization of Ionia and the islands as an operation comparable and co ordinate to the colonization of Italy and Sicily. There were much firmer and more detailed traditions about the colonization of Italy and Sicily (a topic to which Th. returns at vi. 2-5, where he probably draws on Antiochus of Syracuse, FGrH ist 555). Note that Th.