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By Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, Christopher Pelling

This can be a selection of experiences on historic (especially Latin) poetry and historiography, concentrating specially at the effect of rhetoric on either genres, and at the significance of contemplating the literature to light up the historic Roman context and the old context to light up the literature. It takes the shape of a tribute to Tony Woodman, Gildersleeve Professor of Latin on the collage of Virginia, for whom twenty-one students have contributed essays reflecting the pursuits and techniques that experience typified Woodman's personal paintings. The authors that he has always illuminated - in particular Velleius, Horace, Virgil, Sallust, and Tacitus - determine relatively prominently.

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Parallel are the repeated ‘newly’, the similarity of the names of father and son; and the punning relationships between ‘newly’ and ‘new-name’ and ‘newly’ and ‘Artaxerxes’ (where Úæô- ($ ¼æôØ) seems to interact with íåøóôß: Artaxerxes is the ‘new’ Xerxes). Not only is Herodotus’ pun referenced: there is an implicit contrast between the beginning and end of Themistocles’ career: a contrast both poignant and positive (he is still displaying resourceful intelligence). 2–3), the pun, surely active, serves the same validating function as in Herodotus.

9–36. 1; Rawlings (1981). 46 This as Thucydides’ ‘master narrative’: Price (2001), esp. 344 ff. (very interestingly). 40 41 30 John Moles 22) It is important to register a judgement of quality. Thucydides’ causality narrative is a work of towering and intimidating brilliance. It is also, of course, supremely arrogant, but sometimes arrogance can be both justified and inspiring. If, of the aitia-prophasis analysis and the Pentecontaetia, we ask whether Thucydides’ text is ‘open’ or ‘closed’, the answer is that, while it is very difficult and makes great demands of the reader, it is not ultimately ‘open’.

40 Thucydides’ investigations of causality are influenced by Homer, Herodotus, and the Hippocratics. But inasmuch as these investigations zigzag through narrative, space, and time, I sense (again)41 the influence also of one of the deepest thinkers of all Thucydides’ literary predecessors: Hesiod, though the transcendental principle of Thucydides’ causality narrative is not Zeus $ äØÆ in the sense of ‘throughness’ (Theog. 465), or Zeus as supreme power (Il. 5), but äØÆ in the sense of ‘separation’.

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