Chapter

• Introductory Sentences (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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241275.003.0003
• Introductory Sentences (ii.1–v.24)

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The introductory sentence of the Archidamian unit of action has the specific function of identifying the scene to come by specifying the actors, the initial activity, the place or setting, and the time. Thucydides never uses brief statements, announces political generalities, nor conveys a broad impression. Thucydides always uses introductory sentences to attain the same goal to provide the reader with new data, but data expressed in familiar patterns that mark a new unit is the beginning, although he does not form all of these data accordingly to a rigidly predictable template.

Keywords: Archidamian unit; formulae; template; generalities; patterns

Chapter.  5564 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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