Thucydides, Histories
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A. Life and work

T. was the author of a contemporary history of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC) between Athens (the Delian League) and Sparta (the Peloponnesian League). Its title is assumed simply to have been the Historíai or Xungraph (Latin Historiae). His mother belonged to the Athenian aristocratic family of the Philaïdae; his father’s family was Thracian, and throughout his life T. maintained connections with that region. He was elected stratēgós (‘general’) for the year 425/24 BC w…

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Pade, Marianne, “Thucydides, Histories”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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