Thucydides on Themistocles: A Herodotean Narrator?<sup>⋆</sup>

Wolfgang Blösel

in Thucydides and Herodotus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199593262
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191752261 | DOI:
Thucydides on Themistocles: A Herodotean Narrator?⋆

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For more than a century Thucydides' eulogy on Themistocles has been interpreted as a classic revision of Herodotus, who allegedly defamed the victor of Salamis. This chapter shows that Thucydides, since he was covering other periods of Themistocles' life than Herodotus, simply did not have the opportunity decisively to refute his predecessor's portrait. For an understanding of Thucydides' treatment of Themistocles, it is necessary to discover his sources and to assess how much he has taken from them. Only then can a comparison be made between Thucydides' description of Themistocles and the description Herodotus formed, often enough by twisting his sources' biases around.

Keywords: Thucydides; Herodotus; Themistocles; eulogy; Greek historians

Chapter.  10330 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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