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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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• Introductory Sentences (ii.1–v.24)

• Introductory Sentences (ii.1–v.24)

(p.35) Chapter Two • Introductory Sentences (ii.1–v.24)
Thucydides' War Narrative

Carolyn J. Dewald

University of California Press

The introductory sentence of the Archidamian unit of action has the specific function of identifying the scene to come by specifying the actors, the initial activity, the place or setting, and the time. Thucydides never uses brief statements, announces political generalities, nor conveys a broad impression. Thucydides always uses introductory sentences to attain the same goal to provide the reader with new data, but data expressed in familiar patterns that mark a new unit is the beginning, although he does not form all of these data accordingly to a rigidly predictable template.

Keywords:   Archidamian unit, formulae, template, generalities, patterns

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