The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

The Arrangement of the Thought in the Proem and in other Parts of Thucydides I1

N. G. L. Hammonda1

a1 Clare College Cambridge

Anyone who reads the opening chapters of Thucydides’ history consecutively will soon find it difficult to follow the thread of the argument. If he turns to a summary of the subjects chapter by chapter, he will not be greatly enlightened. In this paper the question is asked: why did Thucydides arrange his subjects as he did? In Part I the conclusion is reached that in the arrangement of his subject-matter he was following a clear-cut system. In Part II the implications of this conclusion are considered.


1 The gist of this article was read to the Cambridge Philological Society in 1939. The article owes much to the interest and advice of Professor Adcock and to suggestions by G. T.Griffith, W. K. C. Guthrie, J. E. Raven and P. H. J. Lloyd-Jones