Thucydides and Hesiod

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Abstract

The puzzling reference by Thucydides, during his account of Demosthenes’ Aetolian campaign in 426, to the death of Hesiod, can be explained as an instance of foreshadowing through myth: Hesiod’s tragic end prepares the reader for the tragic consequences of Demosthenes’ decisions. A similar use of mythical foreshadowing in Herodotus is compared.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161–169
Number of pages14
JournalQuaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica
VolumeNS 105
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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