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Thucydides

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In Thucydides' narrative of the winter of the sixteenth year of the war, the importance of order is shown by the allusion to the earlier force that the Athenians had sent to Sicily ‘under Laches and Eurymedon’. The analepsis fills a gap in the knowledge of the characters. Thucydides uses iterative narration in his more developed battle narratives to offer a generalized account of the course of a battle. The Corcyra stasis-narrative’s day-by-day progression to a murderous climax gains from its linear order, which well brings out the escalation in violence. Analepses acquire a greater interpretative weight when they are used to compare or contrast past and present. The two most important prolepses in Thucydides’ work look ahead explicitly to the final defeat of Athens.

Keywords: analepsis; stasis; Thucydides

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