THUCYDIDES - but artificially constructed style: * rational...

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THUCYDIDES * lived ca. 460's – 399 * general exiled in 424 claims: * not entertainment (Herodotus dig?) * for all time * gathered, evaluated evidence * search for real causes (Athens' growing power) content: * rationalization of early myth (Trojan war) * Peloponnesian war, to 411 * political history; battles, leaders, speeches * speeches: as heard, reported;
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Unformatted text preview: but artificially constructed style: * rational (modern?), intense, complex * rhetorical lecture comments: on 8.6: merit, poverty, culture, politics, gender on 8.7: human behavior in crisis: gods and law on 8.9 Athenians/Melians on gods, expediency on 8.10 Athenian suspicion of conspiracy...
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