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Thucydides and PindarHistorical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry$
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Simon Hornblower

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249190.001.0001

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Narrative

Narrative

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(p.327) 11 Narrative
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Thucydides and Pindar
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Simon Hornblower (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249190.003.0011

This chapter examines Thucydides' narrative technique, especially that in the Sicilian books 6 and 7. It argues that the Sicilian books are a depiction of an agōn or struggle of the kind celebrated by Pindar. They represent a monograph within a history, a monograph which uses athletic language and concepts — the language and thought of Pindar — to describe a war within a war.

Keywords:   Thucydides, narrative technique, Sicilian books, Pindar, agōn

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