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Thucydides: Man’s Place in History by H.-P. Stahl

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By H.-P. Stahl

Stahl's vintage ebook on Thucydides is likely one of the such a lot profound and largely revered smooth stories of the Athenian historian. released in German in 1966 as Thukydides: Die Stellung des Menschen im geschichtlichen Prozess, it has, before, now not been to be had in English. For this new version, the unique has been revised and enlarged via chapters which replicate the author's next paintings. Stahl's success is, first, to loose Thucydides from the nationalist limits which sleek interpreters imposed, then to illustrate the strategy wherein Thucydides constructs his paintings as an interaction, utilizing narrative to touch upon the speeches of politicians, to substantiate or, extra usually, to refute his audio system' research. the writer is Mellon Professor of Classics on the collage of Pittsburgh.

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24: 'Thucydides... ; similarly (in reference to Thucydides' relationship to Pericles) Andrewes 1959, 233. 82 Cf. 2, n. 13. 83 De Romilly 1956a, 273. 84 De Romilly 1956a, 271; Finley (19472) also speaks occasionally only of 'material progress'. 85 De Romilly 1956a, 285, cf. 261, 278; 19512, 63. 86 Cf. , esp. 267 f. 87 Von Wilamowitz 1921, 311 (my italics). g. 2. On the (deliberately undertaken) selection, cf. 1; Ed. Meyer 1899, vol. II, 286. 89 Here belongs also the fact—often repeated in reproachful tones—that Thucydides does not name his 'sources', with the result that the reader cannot check his information.

Thucydides, too, is aware that profits can be raised through the formation of economic blocs. This is, of course, why a man like Minos sought to expand his empire. But the historian does not by any means see this process as one-sided. He does not deny this realization to the politically and commercially weak. In fact he observes—one might almost say, to his surprise—that they are even ready to give up their freedom and make themselves politically dependent for the sake of commercial success. 3).

Let us admit that Thucydides sees a development of civilization from the beginning of Greek history. Let us admit that he also sees the greatest concentration of power up to his own time in the Athenian naval empire (the function of the Archaeology in the work as a whole is to demonstrate the relative insignificance of events before the Peloponnesian War). We should still not be deceived into thinking that the tendency to amass greater power brings with it any change in principle: the difference is gradual, relative to the extent of employed means.

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