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Author of illusions : Thucydides' rewriting of the history of the Peloponnesian War /
by Robert D. Luginbill.
imprint
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2011.
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x, 277 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1443826499 (cloth), 9781443826495 (cloth)
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imprint
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2011.
isbn
1443826499 (cloth)
9781443826495 (cloth)
catalogue key
7425080
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-272) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert D. Luginbill served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is presently Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA Dr Luginbill is the author of Thucydides on War and National Character (Boulder, 1999), along with numerous other articles on Greek literature, history and historiography.
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Robert D. Luginbill served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is presently a Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville. Dr. Luginbill is the author of Thucydides on War and National Character (Boulder 1999), along with numerous other articles on Greek literature, history and historiography.
Robert D. Luginbill served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and is presently Professor of Classics in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Dr Luginbill is the author of Thucydides on War and National Character (Boulder, 1999), along with numerous other articles on Greek literature, history and historiography.
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Thucydides reinvented the history of the Peloponnesian War to show himself and Pericles in a more favourable light. This book examines Thucydides techniques and demonstrates just how it was that he was able to reinterpret the history of the war so successfully for his own and Pericle's benefit.
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Pericles, famed general and foremost political leader of Athens during her glory days of the 5th century, brought about the downfall of the Athenian empire almost single-handedly. This truth, obvious to contemporary Greeks, is today not generally understood, and we have Thucydides and his History of the Peloponnesian War to thank for the confusion. That Thucydides, a fierce partisan of Pericles and a soldier exiled for his own military misadventures, should wish to reinvent the history of that famous war to show himself and Pericles in a more favorable light is understandable. But how could one man with a single literary production manage to replace the reality of the war with a myth of his own making, creating in the process an edifice of illusion that would last for millennia, scarcely questioned even by scholars? The answer lies in Thucydides' ability to engage the reader's mind and emotions with his psychological motifs. By promising to peel back the superficial layers of contemporary descriptions of the war and reveal the true "mysteries" of history, Thucydides draws in his readers and persuades them to accept his overall thesis of Pericles' innocence. Author of Illusions examines Thucydides' techniques and demonstrates just how it was that he was able to reinterpret the history of the Peloponnesian War so successfully for his own and for Pericles' benefit.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
The Ideal Warp. 1
Thucydides
Pericles
Logos and Logoi
The Logoi
Human Nature
Reason and Emotion
Freedom and the Desire to Rule
Chance and Necessity
Hope and Fear
National Character
Integration of the Logoi
The Unavoidable Necessityp. 39
The Pentecontaetia
Corcyra
The Inevitability of the Empire
The Perfect Planp. 61
The Peloponnesian Strategy in the History
The Athenian Strategy: 'Pericles' Plan" as represented by Thucydides
The Model Leaderp. 91
Pericles'Foresight
The 1st Peloponnesian War
Pericles' Pre-War Policies
Pericles'Conduct of the War in its Early Years
Pericles' True Strategyp. 109
Limitations of Pericles' Offensive Strategy
Leadership, Persuasion and Personal Motivationp. 143
Pericles' Pre-War Speech (1.140-1.144)
Pericles' Pre-Invasion Speech (indirect: 2.13)
Pericles' Funeral Oration (the epitaphios: 2.35-2.46)
Pericles' "Harsh Speech" (2.60-2.64)
Leadership and Personal Motivation
Paradigms of Imperfection I: The Archidamian Warp. 181
Archidamus and the First Invasion of Attica (431)
The Plague (430)
Phormio (429)
Plataea (429-427)
The Revolt of Mytilene and the Mytilenian Debate (427)
Corcyra (427-426)
Pylos (425)
Cleon and Brasidas (424 - 422)
Paradigms of Imperfection II: The Truce, Sicily, and the Ionian Warp. 239
The Inter-War Years and the Battle of Mantinea (421-417)
Melos (416)
Sicily (415-413)
The Ionian War (412-404)
Epilogue: The Irrefutable Apologyp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 273
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