By Simon Hornblower

This can be the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary observation at the 8 books of Thucydides, the nice fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian struggle among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the historic and literary elements of the paintings, this observation presents 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' proposal and material, this is often the 1st entire statement written via a unmarried writer this century.

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Cartledge, Sparta and Lakonia (London, 1979), app. 3. k% ’'A p vt]s a v a o rd v T e s utto ©caCTaXwv: ‘having been expelled from Arne by the Thessalians’. There were two mainland Greek places called Arne, as Stephanus of Byzantium clearly says. One, in Boiotia, was the ‘grape-rich Arne’ of Iliad, ii. 507. Its precise location is a mystery; see Hope-Simpson and Lazenby, Catalogue o fthe Ships (introductory n. to 1. , who conclude that the search is hopeless. The modern site of Gla goes in and out of fashion as a candidate for Arne; for this site see R.

2n. on dTe:i)(iOTv. 1 . o l v t | c t i w t c u : ‘the islanders’. The ‘ring-composition’ which began at 4 is almost complete. We are back with the topic of the Aegean islands, left behind in that chapter in favour of the long excursus on piracy, etc. The sequence of thought is that islands are natural piratical bases ( k c u ev rats vr/aois, ‘both in the islands’, in ch. , although there the islanders were victims not predators). K apes T€ SvTes k c u oiviK€s: ‘Karian or Phoenician’. We have met the Karians before (ch.

Ruschenbusch has argued that tyranny was much less widespread than is usually thought. In most states, he thinks, the population was so small that the aspirations of ambitious men could be satisfied by the holding of legitimate office. See his Untersuchungen zu Stoat undPolitik in Griechenland vom. -4. Jh v. Chr. (Bamberg, 1978), with D. M. Lewis, CR 30 (1980), 77. This is an inter­ esting and partly valid point, but the present passage (esp. ’s day archaic tyranny was thought to have been widespread.

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