Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xvi

...as the “strung-along style.” In a work written in the paratactic style, discrete segments of either poetry or prose follow each other in sequence. The image often used for this kind of narrative arrangement is that of beads on a string—the string, or thematic unity of the whole, often remaining tacit or implicit in the way the sequence of segments unrolls. In my discussion of Thucydides’ paratactic organization of the narrative...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

...undergraduate, studying with Martin Ostwald at Swarthmore College, and I continued to study Thucydides under the direction of Ronald Stroud, Kendrick Pritchett, and Raphael Sealey at the University of California. For many students of the ancient world at that time, Thucydides’ voice was crucial in articulating a certain di‹cult kind of reflection on the nature of communities at war. Thucydides iii.82–83, for instance, has never had a clearer resonance than it did for many of...

Part One

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1. An Overview of the Archidamian Narrative Structure (ii.1–v.24)

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pp. 25-34

...The first ten years of the war, books ii–v.24, are often given a name of their own: the Archidamian War, after the Spartan king who led the first invasion of Attica in 431. Thucydides’ account of the Archidamian War is quite distinctive in the systematic way that the text is organized to carry out the claim of ii.1. If we look closely...

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2. Introductory Sentences (ii.1–v.24)

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pp. 35-47

...Year six has given us an idea of the building blocks that Thucydides uses to construct the first ten years of his twenty-one-year narrative. Each year is expressly divided into a summer and then a winter narrative. Within each season, discrete narrative units of action follow one another in an orderly sequence; 119 units of action in all make up the narrative of ii.1–v.24...

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3. Internal Structure of the Unit of Action (ii.1–v.24)

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pp. 48-85

...Chapter 2 examined the components that make the introductory sentences of Thucydidean units of action formular in nature, distinctively marking one unit of action oª from the next. This chapter considers the units themselves, since they are the building blocks out of which Thucydides constructs the Archidamian narrative as a whole. As we already saw briefly in chapter 1, he uses five unit types in all, three fairly short and two much longer, to construct the 119 narrative units of ii.1–v.24...

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4. Patterns Formed by Units of Action in the Archidamian Narrative (ii.1–v.24)

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pp. 86-112

...Units of action in ii.1–v.24 fall into certain recurring types, and their first sentences too are distinctively formular. Both kinds of stylistic regularity help give the narrative a coherent, orderly but also highly episodic appearance. The units themselves have so far been treated in this study as discrete segments, arranged sequentially in the text. How does Thucydides also use them to build a larger story that traces out patterns of meaning for the first ten years of the Peloponnesian War...

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5. The Years of the Peace (v.25–vi.7): The Unit of Action Changing

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pp. 115-143

...In books v.25–vi.7, Thucydides is using units of action in new ways and for a new end. This chapter 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 interregnum that separated the Sicilian expedition of 415–413 b.c.e. from all that had gone before. Especially in comparison with the narrative of the Sicilian expedition and the Aegean War to come, many features basic to the earlier narrative remain. The building blocks of the years of...

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6. Years Seventeen through Twenty-one (v.8–viii.109): The Unit of Action Transformed

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pp. 144-154

...The Sicilian narrative (in years seventeen through nineteen, vi.8–vii.87) forms a polished essay. It includes speeches, passages of intense pathos, and a clear dramatic shape that prepares the reader for the tragic conclusion at the end of book vii, the destruction of the Athenian fleet in the harbor of Syracuse. The Aegean account that follows it and constitutes the bulk of book viii, on the other hand, is unfinished. It ends abruptly, in the middle of a summer and even a sentence...

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7. Some Conclusions: Thucydides’ Narrative Structures (ii.1–viii.109)

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pp. 155-192

...Books ii.1–v.24 are organized as a paratactic sequence of units of action. Each unit is introduced by a distinctively formular first sentence that emphasizes both radical discontinuity with what has immediately preceded it and a larger sense of connection with the narrative as a whole, since the same formulae are repeated at the head of every unit in the progression; the expressions of time are particularly important in anchoring these formular sentences...

Notes

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pp. 193-228

Bibliography

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pp. 229-240

General Index

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pp. 241-248

Index Locorum

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pp. 248-258