Thucydides, Pericles, and Periclean Imperialism

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In this book, Edith Foster compares Thucydides' narrative explanations and descriptions of the Peloponnesian War in books one and two of the History with the arguments about warfare and war materials offered by the Athenian statesman Pericles in those same books. In Thucydides' narrative presentations, she argues, the aggressive deployment of armed force is frequently unproductive or counter-productive, and even the threat to use armed force against others causes consequences that can be impossible for the aggressor to predict or contain. By contrast, Pericles' speeches demonstrate that he shared with many others figures in the History a mistaken confidence in the power, glory, and reliability of warfare and the instruments of force. Foster argues that Pericles does not speak for Thucydides, and that Thucydides should not be associated with Pericles' intransigent imperialism. On the contrary, Thucydides composed Pericles' speeches to expose his character and views to the reader, and he both introduced and surrounded them with narrative illustrations that contrast Pericles' claims.

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In this book, Edith Foster compares Thucydides' narrative explanations and descriptions of the Peloponnesian War in books one and two of the History with the arguments about warfare and war materials offered by the Athenian statesman Pericles in those same books. Foster argues that Pericles does not speak for Thucydides, and that Thucydides should not be associated with Pericles' intransigent imperialism. On the contrary, Thucydides composed Pericles' speeches to expose his character and views to the reader, and he surrounded them with narrative illustrations that contrast Pericles' claims.

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Edith Foster is Assistant Professor of History at Ashland University in Ohio. She has contributed articles to the American Journal of Philology, Humanitas, and Academe and has published book reviews in Classical Philology, Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews, and Gnomen.

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Book Description Book Condition: New. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (.), 2013. (Corrected reprint ed.2010). XI,243p. Paperback. It is a testament to the richness and complexity of Thucydides? work that scholars continue to produce fruitful new readings of it. Edith Foster?s book is an important contribution to this scholarship. She offers a close and careful reading of Books 1 and 2 (up to chapter 65), focusing on one strand of Thucydides? presentation, 'warfare and war materials.' Through an examination of this theme, Foster argues that Thucydides, despite his admiration for Pericles? political skills, did not share his views on imperialism, and that he communicates this difference by surrounding the speeches of Pericles and other actors in the work 'with contrasting narrative illustrations.' In fact, Foster argues, part of Thucydides? motive in writing his history was 'to show the price of Periclean materialism and imperialism' (3). Foster has a keen eye for the details that show Thucydides at work as an historian, and she presents strong arguments in favor of drawing a distinction between him and Pericles. Her book will be a profitable investment for any reader of Thucydides and any student of Greek historiography.' (CHRITOPHER BARON in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.01.22). Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 33288

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