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By Christina S. Kraus, John Marincola, Christopher Pelling

This can be a selection of reviews on old (especially Latin) poetry and historiography, concentrating specifically at the influence of rhetoric on either genres, and at the value of contemplating the literature to light up the old Roman context and the ancient context to light up the literature. It takes the shape of a tribute to Tony Woodman, Gildersleeve Professor of Latin on the collage of Virginia, for whom twenty-one students have contributed essays reflecting the pursuits and ways that experience typified Woodman's personal paintings. The authors that he has regularly illuminated - particularly Velleius, Horace, Virgil, Sallust, and Tacitus - determine rather prominently.

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4–6 creates an extraordinarily rich discourse, and one thoroughly embedded in chapters 22–3 and 1–23. The narrative material falls into the following categories:21 (a) use of aitiai/diaphorai vocabulary in relation to the immediate context. 2): ‘this was the first cause’. 1 ‘after this immediately these things also happened to the Athenians and Peloponnesians as a difference impelling towards warring’. 2 notes that the Corinthians were already ‘quite apparently at difference’, in contrast to the 18 Pelling (2000), 268 n.

5–6 can naturally be extended into intra-alliance relations. 2). The book ends (146) with the summarizing ‘these were the causes and differences for both sides before the war, first-beginning immediately from the events in Epidamnus and Corcyra’. 1, whose chief point and ‘clearest forth-saying’ was that the rescinding of the Decree would avert war. 4) that the Athenians would be wrong to regard it, ‘which [the Spartans] hold forth most’, as a slight ‘cause’. 4–6 is unproblematic. (b) use of prophasis of the larger context and of the process.

1–3 not merely ‘rhetorical’: Moles (2001), 205, 211–12, contra Woodman (1988), 28–32; Hornblower, Comm. 63; ‘suffering’ in Book I: Stadter (1993), 61–2; Rood (1998), 8, 57; Price (2001), 359–61. 15 General imitation of Herodotus: Moles (1993), 98–114. 4–5 ‘first-began . . [the war] . . 1 ‘I wrote up . . first-beginning’, echoes Hesiod’s Theogony (1, 115) in paralleling the author’s ‘beginning’ with his theme of ‘beginnings’. 1–2’s distinction between logoi and erga, again implying that the former are less solid historically.

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