Thermopylae and Pylos, with reference to the Homeric background

Foster, Edith (2012). Thermopylae and Pylos, with reference to the Homeric background. In Edith Foster and Donald Lateiner (Ed.), Thucydides and Herodotus (pp. 1-39) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593262.003.0008

Author Foster, Edith
Title of chapter Thermopylae and Pylos, with reference to the Homeric background
Title of book Thucydides and Herodotus
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593262.003.0008
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Year available 2012
ISBN 9780199593262
Editor Edith Foster
Donald Lateiner
Start page 1
End page 39
Total pages 39
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Herodotus invented a prose description of battles that differed fundamentally from the poetic battle descriptions of Homer's Iliad. His battle narratives depict group rather than individual action, often display the plan of a battle, and offer frequent explanations of decisions and events. They contain essential descriptions of geography, topography, and natural conditions, and depict the political, social, and military strengths and weaknesses of combatants. This chapter argues that that Herodotus created the basis for Thucydides' more demanding narratives. It analyses Herodotus' Thermopylae narrative and Thucydides' Pylos narrative, and displays the close relation between the two historians. In addition, Homeric influences are taken into account, as far as possible.
Keyword Thucydides
Battle narrative
Greek historians
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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