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Thucydides' War Narrative: A Structural Study

Carolyn Dewald


As a sustained analysis of the connections between narrative structure and meaning in the History of the Peloponnesian War, this study revolves around a curious aspect of Thucydides' work: the first ten years of the war's history are formed on principles quite different from those shaping the years that follow. Although aspects of this change in style have been recognized in previous scholarship, this book analyzes how its various elements are structured, used, and related to each other. This study argues that these changes in style and organization reflect how Thucydides' own understanding of ... More

Keywords: narrative structure, narrative meaning, organizational changes, style changes, rational choice, combatant behavior, Thucydidean scholarship, cultural trends

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520241275
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Dewald, author