By Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, Christopher Pelling
It is a selection of stories on old (especially Latin) poetry and historiography, concentrating specially at the impression of rhetoric on either genres, and at the value of contemplating the literature to light up the old Roman context and the ancient 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 methods that experience typified Woodman's personal paintings. The authors that he has consistently illuminated - in particular Velleius, Horace, Virgil, Sallust, and Tacitus - determine rather prominently.
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1). The punning (predictably ignored by commentators) is clamorous. —is resolved, and suggestions of conﬂict between Themistoclean and Periclean foresight, and between Themistoclean ﬂexibility and Periclean immutability, are engulfed in this post-war imprimatur. Readers, however, can always argue with their text. Periclean strategy was (arguably) untenable;78 certainly, ‘altogether easily’ exaggerates. This, however, is not the same as a text’s being ‘open’. With Pericles’ obituary, Thucydides shuts down the competing ‘foresights’ of the two greatest Athenians.
2). The book ends (146) with the summarizing ‘these were the causes and differences for both sides before the war, ﬁrst-beginning immediately from the events in Epidamnus and Corcyra’. 1, whose chief point and ‘clearest forth-saying’ was that the rescinding of the Decree would avert war. 4) that the Athenians would be wrong to regard it, ‘which [the Spartans] hold forth most’, as a slight ‘cause’. 4–6 is unproblematic. (b) use of prophasis of the larger context and of the process. 1): this reaction foreshadows, indeed inﬂuences, the eventual Spartan fear that their interests are directly threatened.
5) and averted hostilities. 60 Given these mythic universals: again, what to do now? Concretely, Pausanias and Themistocles illustrate how to handle (or not) politics and diplomacy, especially in relation to Persians. 5–6. 61 He learns—something that some men never learn—how to hold a 56 Crane (1993), 124–5 (unnecessarily difﬁdent); cf. Sophocles, fr. 887. Moles (2002a), 48; Plut. De Malign. Herod. 869f; Detienne and Vernant (1978), 313–14; p. 34 below. 58 Similarly Price (2001), 194–5. 59 Another case of Herodotean inﬂuence (Boedeker 2002), although, pointedly, without religious underpinning.
Ancient Historiography and its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman by Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, Christopher Pelling