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Thucydides and Herodotus$
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Edith Foster and Donald Lateiner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593262.001.0001

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Thucydides on Themistocles: A Herodotean Narrator? ⋆

Thucydides on Themistocles: A Herodotean Narrator? ⋆

(p.215) 9 Thucydides on Themistocles: A Herodotean Narrator?
Thucydides and Herodotus

Wolfgang Blösel

Oxford University Press

For more than a century Thucydides' eulogy on Themistocles has been interpreted as a classic revision of Herodotus, who allegedly defamed the victor of Salamis. This chapter shows that Thucydides, since he was covering other periods of Themistocles' life than Herodotus, simply did not have the opportunity decisively to refute his predecessor's portrait. For an understanding of Thucydides' treatment of Themistocles, it is necessary to discover his sources and to assess how much he has taken from them. Only then can a comparison be made between Thucydides' description of Themistocles and the description Herodotus formed, often enough by twisting his sources' biases around.

Keywords:   Thucydides, Herodotus, Themistocles, eulogy, Greek historians

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