The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

‘Marcellinus'’ Life of Thucydides: criticism and criteria in the biographical tradition

Judith Maitlanda1

a1 The University of Western Australia

The focus of this paper will be the critical material in the particular Life of Thucydides which is attributed to ‘Marcellinus’.1 After some preliminary remarks about the extant Lives, I shall identify the critical material to be discussed, and proceed to examine its composition and possible origin. I shall suggest that, like the biographical material, the critical passages are a compilation of material from different sources and show a variety of approaches. In discussing these approaches, I shall show that the critical passages contain different emphases, analytical skills and priorities, and vocabulary.