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By Walter Robert Connor

This full-scale sequential analyzing of Thucydides' background of the Peloponnesian warfare could be important to the professional and in addition to these looking for an creation and significant other to the Histories. relocating past different reviews via its specialize in the reader's function in giving aspiring to the textual content, it finds Thucydides' use of objectivity now not quite a bit as a regular for the right kind presentation of his material as a style for speaking together with his readers and regarding them within the complexity and pain of the Peloponnesian warfare. W. Robert Connor exhibits that as Thucydides' subject matters and ideas are reintroduced and built, the preliminary reactions of the reader are challenged, subverted, and at last made to give a contribution to a deeper knowing of the struggle.

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31 This passage simultaneously presents Thucydides' own view of the cause of the war as the growth of Athenian power, ties that "truest reason" to the analysis of the growth of power presented in the Archaeology , and clarifies the or­ ganization of the next portion of the book. The rest of the book is arranged to provide first a discussion of the two principal ' 'causes of complaint and grievances"-the Corcyrean affair (chs . 24-55) and the trouble at Potidaea (chs . 56-65)--and then a report of the assembly in which the Spartans accept the complaints of some of their allies and take the first step to war (chs .

J. Dover, appendix 2 to HCT 5 , p. 4 1 9; C. Schneider, Information und Absicht bei Thukydides (Got­ tingen 1 974) 1 0 1 - 1 1 0; A. W. Gomme, The Greek Attitude to Poetry and Hisrpry (Berkeley 1 954) 1 56f. ; Rawlings, A Semantic Study of Prophasis 92f. See also Chapter Four, Note 4 1 . Book I 33 vote to go to war (chs . 1 1 8 . 3- 1 25)--Thucydides discusses the growth of Athenian power during the approximately fifty years between the end of the Persian War and the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (chs .

But his theme is the suffering of w ar---:what happens to individuals and cities when events move beyond their control , and when they are confronted with the greatest dislocations . We can already detect that his treatment of this war will not fully reproduce the initial austere but confident approach to the Greek past but will break new ground and grow into a new form . T H E C O RC Y R E A N A L L I A N C E The tension at the end of the Archaeology between the tough-minded analysis of power and the presentation of the war as suffering is not immediately explored or resolved in the following chapters .

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