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Indirect Discourse in Herodotusand Thucydides<sup>⋆</sup>

Carlo Scardino

in Thucydides and Herodotus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199593262
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191752261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593262.003.0004
Indirect Discourse in Herodotusand Thucydides⋆

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This chapter examines the phenomenon of indirect speeches on the basis of a number of examples from Herodotus and Thucydides, to determine their form and function in each work, and to arrive at a description of their commonalities to and differences from oratio recta. The nature of the indirect speeches is best understood through reference to the narratological model developed for the analysis of modern novels and applied to ancient texts: this model distinguishes different levels in a text, which arise through the combination of the narratorial function (who is speaking?) and focalization (who sees/perceives/speaks, etc? = point of view); depending on the complexity of the story, a text might theoretically display a large number of levels.

Keywords: indirect speeches; Thucydides; Herodotus; oratio recta; narratological model; Greek historians

Chapter.  11608 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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