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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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• Some Conclusions

• Some Conclusions

Thucydides’ Narrative Structures (ii.1–viii.109)

(p.155) Chapter Seven • Some Conclusions
Thucydides' War Narrative

Carolyn J. Dewald

University of California Press

The majority of readers learn to read Thucydides by beginning at the beginning. Judgments about later books of the History are often based on expectations awakened by how the narrative of the earlier Archidamian account in books ii and iii is formed. Books v and viii have often been considered incomplete and uneven drafts. Sicilian narrative of books vi and vii apparently appears to be a monograph originally written to be independent from the larger twenty-seven-year war. The narrative also shows the tendency described for the later Archidamian years but in a more extreme form. The development of Thucydides as a historian and writer suggested by this data seems the most likely in all such views, an argument from probability. However, a historian capable of fashioning such a narrative would not be content to remain a recorder of a sequence of discrete individual developments.

Keywords:   Archidamian account, monograph, historian, writer, probability

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