By Simon Hornblower
This is often the 1st quantity of a two-volume ancient and literary statement at the 8 books of Thucydides, the good fifth-century B.C. historian of the Peloponnesian conflict among Athens and Sparta. Exploring either the historic and literary features of the paintings, this observation offers translations of each passage or word of Greek commented on and permits readers with little wisdom of the language to understand the element of Thucydides' paintings. Making available the aspect of Thucydides' suggestion and subject material, this is often the 1st whole observation written via a unmarried writer this century.
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Xi. seventy one and seventy four. For a tenet approximately Th. ’s resources see 2n, lower than on Flepawv okay a i MrjScop. Diodorus (i. 37) unreasonably complains that Th. (and Xenophon) thoroughly neglected Egypt. See additionally ii. forty eight. 1. I. ’ Ivapws 8e o vpajx|it]Tixou, A iP u s, PacriXeus AijSuuv: ‘Mean whereas the Libyan Inaros son of Psammetichos, king of the Libyans’. it really is attainable that the be aware Aifivs, ‘the Libyan’, will be passed over: see A. Biilow-Jacobsen, ‘A Third-Century Codex of Thucydides’, BICS 22 (i975). 65ff->at sixty nine- euro (BaaiXews A p ra£ep £ou : ‘from King Artaxerxes’. it really is attainable that the note j3 aoi\ 4a>s, ‘King’, could be passed over: see Biilow-Jacobsen (above). 2. o£ 8e (eruxov y a p cs Ku-rrpov aTpareuo|j,€voi v a u a i 81aKocnais auTuv tc Kai t u v |ufijidxw v) rjXSov aTroXiirovTes ttjv KuiTpov: ‘they have been simply then engaged in an excursion opposed to Cyprus with 200 ships in their personal and in their allies; and, leaving the island . . . ’. See above, ninety four. 2n. : Th. has no longer afflicted to inform us that Cyprus were misplaced back. It was once a base for a Persian reserve fleet on the time of the Eurymedon, Diod. xi. 60, Plut. Kim. 12 = FGrH ist 70 Ephoros F 192; yet notwithstanding Kimon captured those ships off Cyprus, he obviously didn't keep on with the victory up through touchdown at the island, considering the fact that escapers have been in a position to cross inland. J. Barns, ‘Cimon and the 1st Athenian excursion to Cyprus’, 163 1. 104- 2 The Pentekontaetia Historia, i (1953/4), 163 ff. , at 17 1, took the current passage to intend that the Athenians have been in simple terms ‘on their method’ to Cyprus, and followed an inventive recommendation of Wade-Gery’s that dnoAnrovTes [‘leaving (the island)’] may well suggest ‘giving Cyprus a miss’. in this view (which does con siderable violence to Th. ’s Greek, and isn't permitted right here) Th. absolutely passed over an important Cyprus crusade in 462 supposedly alluded to via Plut. Kim. 15 (cp. Kvirpov a v d is , ‘Cyprus back, at 18. 1 with Blamire’s n. ). At 15. 2 Plutarch says that Kimon iftrrXevoe, ‘sailed out’, to a few crusade. This, as students have mentioned at times, is a strange method of bearing on Kimon’s usually presumed vacation spot, particularly Ithome, simply because he should not have long gone there through sea. The Plutarch passage is complicated, yet Alec Blamire in his remark on Plutarch’s Kimon rejects Barns’s view: ‘it is hard to think that Kimon, if he had again in humiliation from Ithome in 463 [the date which Barns’s view requires], might were appointed to command a naval firm on the commence ning of the subsequent campaigning season. ’ Plutarch, as Blamire mildly places it, has ‘sacrificed no matter what chronological or causal relationships he present in his sources’. i've got dwelt at the element basically simply because Barns’s view attributes a significant blunders to Th. , who can't so frivolously be corrected out of Plutarch. Maier in CAH vi2, ch. 11(c), observes of the current excursion that given that Cypriots are came upon offering the Persian fleet in 456 (Diod. xi. seventy five) ‘there could have been no lasting successes’. Kai Tt]s MejicjuSos: ‘of Memphis’. See above for ML 34. ricpawv Kai Mrj8cov: ‘Persians and Medes’.