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

Carolyn J. Dewald

in Thucydides' War Narrative

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520241275
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930971 | DOI:
• An Overview of the Archidamian Narrative Structure (ii.1–v.24)

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Thucydides shapes the first book of his History to provide a relatively complicated overview of long-term and short-term causes for the Second Peloponnesian War. Thucydides' account of the Archidamian War is quite distinctive in the systematic way that the book is logical to carry out the claim of ii.1. Thucydides marks the structural integrity and topical distinctiveness of the individual narrative units by beginning each new unit with a formular introductory sentence. Each introductory sentence to a unit of action in the Archidamian narrative normally had four parts: a personal subject, an active verb, an identification of place, and an identification of time. The tendencies reflected in the list of introductory sentences are not found with any frequency for other sentences with the body of the Thucydidean unit of action.

Keywords: Archidamian War; formular; introductory sentence; Thucydidean; History

Chapter.  3706 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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