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By Simon Hornblower

This is often the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary statement at the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian battle among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the old and literary elements of the paintings, this statement offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the element of Thucydides' paintings. Making obtainable the element of Thucydides' suggestion and material, this can be the 1st entire remark written via a unmarried writer this century.

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See 1 2 . 4n. above. Lefkandi is at the coast, half-way alongside the obvious. ) See Boardman, CAH iii2. 1. 763, with bibliography. Archaeology has helped a bit: we will be able to now see that Euboian in another country company began spectacularly early, which is helping to provide an explanation for the geographical diversity of the ‘allies’: J. N. Coldstream, Geometric Greece (London, 1977), 199-201, and notice the tenth-century Euboian fabric pointed out above, 12. 4m on /xoAi?. And seej. McK. Camp II, ‘A Drought within the overdue 8th Century b c ’, Hesperia, forty eight (1979), 406f. and n. forty two: drought and crop failure can have sharpened tensions and feature con­ tributed to the top of Lefkandi. On Th. ’s non-mention of the 1st Sacred battle see Catling reviews. sixteen . hindrances to navalsuccess This ch. develops thirteen. 6, with the adaptation that there the increase of Persia is only synchronized with the interval of Ionian naval energy: the previous was once now not there invoked as a manner of explaining the decline of the latter. KwXufiaTa p. f| au|T]0 r}vai: ‘obstacles to the progress’. Cp. less than 89. in . okay poloov: ‘Kroisos’. the topic of rather a lot of Hdt. e-book i, pointed out forty nine Introduction: The Archaeology the following in basic terms in all Th. For the Halys see Hdt. i. seventy two. three. The defeat of Kroisos used to be in c. 544 b c : seej. Cargill, ‘The Nabonidus Chronicle and the autumn of Lydia’, A JA H 2 (1977), ninety seven ff. (eliminating the oriental facts which had formerly been concept to point 546). A a p e lo s t € uCTTcpov tu > oivikc «)v vauriKu KpaTwv Kai rd$ vfjcrous: ‘Darius, counting on his ownership of the Phoenician fleet, conquered the islands also’. For Darius’ Phoenician fleet see Hdt. ’s account of the conflict of Lade first and foremost of e-book vi. (See additionally Hdt. iii. 19. three. ) Of the massive Ionian islands, Chios had already been subjected through Cyrus (Hdt. i. one hundred sixty, with C. Roebuck in Chios:A convention on the Homereion in Chios; 1984, ed. J. Boardman and C. E. Vaphopoulou-Richardson (Oxford, 1986), 86). Samos fell to Persia in Darius’ time, Hdt. iii. 149. 17 . The contribution (or lack o healthy) made by means of the tyrants ru pavvoi T€ ocrtH r|aav ev r a is 'EXXr}viKais TToXetn, to e’ eauTuv (xovov TTpoopw|aevoi: ‘Nor did the tyrants of the Greek towns expand their strategies past their very own interests’. this sort of normal­ ization concerning the pursuits of Greek tyrants is worthy noting; there's not anything similar in Hdt. eirp axB il Se o u S e v a-ir’ a u r u v e p y o v a£ io X o yo v, ei |j,rj ei' ti w pos TrepiOLKOus: ‘nothing substantial used to be ever completed via them, other than in wars opposed to their neighbours’. This (cp. 01 re A Orjvaiwv television pa wo 1, ‘the tyrants . . . at Athens’, at 18. 1 lower than) turns out to echo Hdt. at the Athenian Pisistratids at v. seventy eight: ‘while the Athenians have been governed via the tyrants they have been militarily no larger than any in their neighbours’, rwv o fiia s- TrepioiKeovrwv. (But Th. speaks of aggression opposed to, Hdt. makes a comparability with, nepCoiKoi. ) Hdt. ’s view is, even though, unjust to the Pisistratids, without doubt simply because these have been the perspectives of his oral informants. Does Th. proportion that view? within the current passage apparently he does (though he without doubt has different tyrants in brain in addition to these of Athens).

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