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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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• The Years of the Peace (v.25–vi.7)

• The Years of the Peace (v.25–vi.7)

The Unit of Action Changing

(p.115) Chapter Five • The Years of the Peace (v.25–vi.7)
Thucydides' War Narrative

Carolyn J. Dewald

University of California Press

Thucydides is using units of action in new ways and for a new end. This is an attempt to specify the details of how Thucydides' narrative technique changes as he moves into his account of the troubled years of the Peace, the uneasy interval that separated the Sicilian expedition of 415–413 B.C.E from all that had gone before. The building blocks of the years of the Peace continue to be units of action, each set off by a formular first sentence and a change of subject. The narrative inclines to alternate between extremely abrupt simple units and longer extended narrative passages that seem curiously flat in comparison with those of the first ten-year narrative stretch. The change of the narrative happens as Thucydides moves into the years of the peace.

Keywords:   interval, Sicilian expedition, years of Peace, passages, narrative stretch

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