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Mathieu de Bakker and Michiel van der Keur

innovation on the part of Livy, whose stylistic and narrative choices in elaborating this comparison are anyway his own. 2.1 Aemilius Paulus’ Last Stand and Death Speech From Homer onwards, battle narratives tend to spell out the deaths of great warriors, usually with

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Kati Parppei

, Iosif Stalin mentioned the Muscovite prince as one of the heroic figures of the nation’s past, setting an example for Soviet soldiers. 92 Conclusions Due to their multidimensional and prominent roles in national and popular history writing, battle narratives can be seen as certain “landmarks” in

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Jonathan Fenno

Introduction The obscure metaphor of outstretched war, found in Homeric and Hesiodic battle narrative, has left ancient and modern scholars uncertain of its exact meaning. 1 Suggestions include the extension of a figurative rope of some kind, though other interpretations have also

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Stephen Harrison

1 Introduction In this paper I return to the analysis of the battle-narrative of Aeneid 10 a quarter-century after completing a commentary on that poetic book. 1 Over that period, as the introduction to this volume shows, narratological ideas, then just

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Michiel van der Keur

reader’s expectation. Harrison rightly draws attention to the need to maintain the reader’s interest throughout the long battle-narrative. One of the ways of doing this, is hinting at a swift conclusion. When Aeneas approached the shore earlier in Aeneid 10, the similes describing the armies’ reactions

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Paul Erdkamp

erent sources. One set of Livian battle scenes is characterised by the numbering of legions and by details concerning allied units. Various elements indicate a late-annalistic origin for these battle narratives, identi fi ed here as Valerius Antias. Battle narratives of this type are limited to

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Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative

Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond

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Edited by Lidewij W. van Gils, Irene J.F. de Jong and Caroline H.M. Kroon

In this collected volume fourteen experts in the fields of Classics and Ancient History study the textual strategies used by Herodotus and Livy when recounting the disastrous battles at Thermopylae and Cannae. Literary, linguistic and historical approaches are used (often in combination) in order to enhance and enrich the interpretation of the accounts, which for obvious reasons confronted the authors with a special challenge. Chapters drawing a comparison with other battle narratives and with other genres help to establish genre-specific elements in ancient historiography, and draw attention to the particular techniques employed by Herodotus and Livy in their war narratives.
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The Historical Present in Thucydides: Semantics and Narrative Function

Le présent historique chez Thucydide : Sémantique et fonction narrative

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Edited by Jean Lallot, Albert Rijksbaron, Bernard Jacquinod and Michel Buijs

After Etudes sur l’aspect verbal chez Platon (Saint-Etienne, 2000), the international ‘Groupe de recherche sur l’aspect verbal en grec’ now presents a second volume on verbal aspect in (Ancient) Greek, which is devoted to the function(s) of the Historical Present in Thucydides. In nine chapters the authors approach this subject from a variety of angles, focusing inter alia on the HP of particular verbs and on its use in battle narratives, or investigate Thucydides’ use of the HP from a comparative perspective. They share one important assumption, viz. that the primary function of the HP is to mark events that were, according to Thucydides, of decisive importance for the development of the Peloponnesian War. By its rich and detailed analyses the book provides important new insights into Thucydides’ narrative technique.