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Thucydides Homericus and the Episode of Mycalessus (Thuc. 7.29-30): myth and history, space and collective memory

Fragoulaki, Maria 2020. Thucydides Homericus and the Episode of Mycalessus (Thuc. 7.29-30): myth and history, space and collective memory. Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography, and Epigraphy, Vol. 11. Histos Supplements, Histos The On-line Journal of Ancient Historiography,

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Abstract

Mycalessus, a city in Boeotia which Thucydides describes as ‘not big’, becomes the stage of one of the most atrocious episodes in the History of the Peloponnesian War. The question, ‘Why does Thucydides pay so much attention to this local incident?’ has been dealt with in the bibliography, together with that of the position and role of the episode in the narrative of the Sicilian expedition. This chapter suggests that the mentions of Mycalessus in the Homeric Catalogue of Ships and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo must be viewed as significant intertexts for Thucydides’ interaction with epic material, and for the shaping of his historical narrative as a document of panhellenic memory.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Histos The On-line Journal of Ancient Historiography
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 11:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130928

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