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Thucydides' War NarrativeA Structural Study$
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Carolyn Dewald

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241275

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241275.001.0001

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• An Overview of the Archidamian Narrative Structure (ii.1–v.24)

• An Overview of the Archidamian Narrative Structure (ii.1–v.24)

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Thucydides' War Narrative
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Carolyn J. Dewald

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241275.003.0002

Thucydides shapes the first book of his History to provide a relatively complicated overview of long-term and short-term causes for the Second Peloponnesian War. Thucydides' account of the Archidamian War is quite distinctive in the systematic way that the book is logical to carry out the claim of ii.1. Thucydides marks the structural integrity and topical distinctiveness of the individual narrative units by beginning each new unit with a formular introductory sentence. Each introductory sentence to a unit of action in the Archidamian narrative normally had four parts: a personal subject, an active verb, an identification of place, and an identification of time. The tendencies reflected in the list of introductory sentences are not found with any frequency for other sentences with the body of the Thucydidean unit of action.

Keywords:   Archidamian War, formular, introductory sentence, Thucydidean, History

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