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Contextualism and universalism in Thucydidean thought

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  • Neville Morley
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThucydides and Politicial Order
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts of order and the history of the Peloponnesian War
EditorsChristian Thauer, Christian Wendt
Place of PublicationBasingstoke & New York
Publisher or commissioning bodyPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-52763-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-52762-2
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


The aim of this chapter is to develop a framework for understanding the diverse traditions of interpretation and appropriation of Thucydides in the modern world; that is, the ways in which his work has been understood as offering useful and useable knowledge (not readings of the text as an end in themselves), and the ways in which ideas attributed to Thucydides have been deployed to support different intellectual projects.

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  • Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition

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