• Years Seventeen through Twenty-one (vi.8–viii.109)

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:
• Years Seventeen through Twenty-one (vi.8–viii.109)

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As the History breaks off in the summer of the twenty-first year of the war, the unit of action disappears in books vi.8–viii.109. It is obsolescent by the use of scenes that are not frequently confined to one setting, actor, or action and often lacks a formular first sentence. A series of such nonunitary scenes forms an ongoing narrative because the narrative moves fluidly among a limited number of topics that blend together in different combinations within successive scenes. The view of the book must persist one of a linked series of scenes that still lack the inner consistency of a completed narrative, despite their obvious connections to each other. The paratactic succession of discrete units of action found in year one through sixteen of the History has been superseded in both the Sicilian and Aegean.

Keywords: nonunitary; consistency; paratactic; Aegean; Siciilian

Chapter.  4789 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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