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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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• Patterns Formed by Units of Action in the Archidamian Narrative (ii.1–v.24)

• Patterns Formed by Units of Action in the Archidamian Narrative (ii.1–v.24)

(p.86) Chapter Four • Patterns Formed by Units of Action in the Archidamian Narrative (ii.1–v.24)
Thucydides' War Narrative

Carolyn J. Dewald

University of California Press

Thucydides uses absolute juxtaposition as the first and most obvious kind of pattern. Contiguous units reverberate against each other to form sequences larger than those formed by the individual units taken separately. Next accost the larger clusters that are defined by the year or last through several years or, finally, are formed over the continuous ten-year narrative regarded as a whole. Thucydides sometimes interrupts what might have been narrated as one long ongoing account with a unit of a quite different sort, making of the whole narrative sequence a larger version of the a-b-a pattern within the structure of the complex unit. The division into discrete units emphasizes different levels of meaning or subtle shifts in focus. Thucydides chose to structure several aspects of an ongoing nexus of events as discrete and separate narratives.

Keywords:   juxtaposition, clusters, contiguous units, pattern, complex unit

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