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The appearance, in 1956, of Jacqueline de Romillys Histoire et raison chez Thucydide marked the beginning of a new era of Thucydidean scholarship. The aorist is typically found in contexts where the complexity of the act of persuading comes to the fore. HP is a powerful means to make it clear to the reader that Thucydides, did not consider all events of the Peloponnesian war of equal importance. They argue that the way in which Thucydides employs imperfect, aorist and historical present conveys important information for his audience as to how he interprets the events he relates. Fortunately, since the book contains a full inventory of all historical presents in Thucydides, the reader is in an excellent position to judge for himself what is the explanatory power of the various analyses and interpretive proposals.

Keywords: Histoire et raison chez Thucydide; HP; Jacqueline de Romilly; Peloponnesian; Thucydides



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