By Darien Shanske
This publication addresses the query of ways and why historical past starts off with the paintings of Thucydides. The historical past of the Peloponnesian warfare is designated in that it's a prose narrative, intended to be learn instead of played. It specializes in the unfolding of up to date nice strength politics to the exclusion of virtually all different parts of human lifestyles, together with the divine. the facility of Thucydides' textual content hasn't ever been attributed both to the appeal of its language or to the leisure price of its narrative, or to a couple own characteristic of the writer. during this examine, Darien Shanske analyzes the tricky language and constitution of Thucydides' historical past and argues that the textual content has drawn in such a lot of readers into its specific global view accurately as a result of its kinship to the modern language and constitution of Classical Tragedy. This kinship isn't basically an issue of shared vocabulary or perhaps aesthetic sensibility. really, it really is grounded in a shared philosophical place, particularly at the polemical metaphysics of Heraclitus.