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A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9691-8
624 pages
January 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides offers an invaluable guide to the reception of Thucydides, with a strong emphasis on comparing and contrasting different traditions of reading and interpretation.

• Presents an in-depth, comprehensive overview of the reception of the Greek historian Thucydides

• Features personal reflections by eminent scholars on the significance and perennial importance of Thucydides’ work

• Features an internationally renowned cast of contributors, including established academics as well as new voices in the field

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Reading Thucydides
Neville Morley & Christine Lee

Scholarship, Criticism and Education

2 Thucydides’ Ancient Reputation
Valérie Fromentin & Sophie Gotteland

3 The Renaissance: Scholarship, Criticism and Education
Marianne Pade

4 The Speeches of Thucydides and the Renaissance Anthologies
J. Carlos Iglesias-Zoido

5 Carving up Thucydides: the Rise and Demise of “Analysis”, and its Legacy
Jeffrey S. Rusten

6 Thucydides as an Educational Text
Oliver Schelske

7 On Translating Thucydides
Emily Greenwood

Thucydides the Historian

8 Thucydides and his “Contemporaries”
Ellen O’Gorman

9 The Thucydidean Clio between Machiavelli and Hobbes
Francisco Murari Pires

10 The Reception of Thucydides in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century France
Pascal Payen

11 On Historical Time and Method: Thucydides’ Contemporary History in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Alexandra Lianeri

12 Thucydides in 19th-Century Germany: Historicization and Glorification
Klaus Meister

13 Thucydides in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Jon Hesk

Thucydides the Political Theorist

14 Hobbes and his Contemporaries
James Jan Sullivan

15 “L’historien des politiques”: Universalism and Contextualism in the Abbé de Mably’s Reception of Thucydides
Ben Earley

16 The Straussian Thucydides
Seth N. Jaffe

17 Realism, Constructivism and Democracy in the History
John Zumbrunnen

18 Thucydides and the Problem of Citizenship
Gerald Mara

19 Thucydides and Democratic Horizons
Christine Lee

Thucydides the Strategist

20 The Reception of Thucydides in the History of International Relations
Edward Keene

21 Thucydides and the Just War Tradition: Unlikely Bedfellows?
Cian O’Driscoll

22 Thucydides the realist?
Laurie M. Johnson

23 Thucydides Our Father, Thucydides Our Shibboleth: the Peloponnesian War as a Marker of Contemporary International Relations Theory
Timothy J. Ruback

24 Thucydides in the Staff College
Andreas Stradis

Thucydidean Themes

25 Thucydides and the Plague
Helen King and Jo Brown

26 The Reception of Thucydides’ Archaeology
Tim Rood

27 Thucydidean Concepts
Lorna Hardwick

28 Thucydides, Science and Late Modern Philosophy
Thom Workman

29 Thucydides in Modern Political Rhetoric
Elizabeth Sawyer

Thucydidean Reflections

30 Why We Need To Read Thucydides – Even When “We” Are Only A Few
Hunter R. Rawlings III

31 Why Teach Thucydides Today? (And If We’re At It, How?)
Clifford Orwin

32 Everywhere Monuments of Good and Evil: Thucydides in the Twenty-First Century
Gregory Crane

33 Receiving the Reception
Geoffrey Hawthorn


34 The Idea of Thucydides in the Western Tradition
Neville Morley

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Author Information

Christine Lee is a tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis Maryland.

Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Antiquity and Modernity (Wiley Blackwell, 2009), The Roman Empire: Roots of Imperialism (2010), and Thucydides and the Idea of History (2014), and co‑editor of Thucydides and the Modern World (with Katherine Harloe, 2012).
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