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Aelius Aristides And Thucydides: Some Remarks About The Panathenaic Oration

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This chapter focuses on the way Aelius Aristides reads, uses and rewrites the History of Thucydides-Thucydides who, according to the rhetor, 'seems to excel by far the other writers of history not only in the power and dignity of his expression, but also in factual accuracy'. The best way to evaluate the relationship between the rhetor of the Second Sophistic and this very significant intellectual figure is probably to examine it through the Panathenaic Oration. In fact, in the whole Panathenaic Oration, the nature of the city and her inhabitants is twofold and, far from cancelling one another out, these two aspects complete each other in order to form a full and perfect wisdom. Through the Panathenaic Oration, both by itself and in connection with the Roman Oration, Aristides takes part in the hotly debated question of Athens' essence.

Keywords: Aelius Aristides; Panathenaic Oration; Roman Oration; Thucydides



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