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Trepein au Présent Historique chez Thucydide

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The verb τρπειν, "to put to rout", belongs with the semantic field of battles. The fact that Thucydides uses it in the historical present (HP) with relative frequency raises the question of the exact meaning of these HPs compared with the other tenses in the narrative. In his account of the Peloponnesian war, Thucydides obviously had to make a choice, selecting for his narrative the events he thought worth recording. But as the story unfolds, the episodes selected are not all of equal weight, some have but secondary import in comparison with others. Our working hypothesis is that Thucydides used the HP to point out the events he thought most significant, that is, playing a crucial role in the decisive reversal of a situation.

Keywords: historical present (HP); Thucydides



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