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- The plan of this history is largely influenced by that of Attic tragedy. The drama, with its speeches corresponding to the chorus, moves from a prologue through each successive phase of hope and fear to its terrible conclusion.
- There are, in particular, three famous passages in which Thucydides rises to the supreme heights of dramatic narrative.
- The first is his description (ii. 47-53) of the pestilence at Athens in 430 B.C., from which he himself had suffered and the symptoms of which he records in a few breathless pages, though with the precision of a doctor.
- The second (in. 71-84) deals with the bloody revolution at Corcyra in 427 and its dreadful consequences.
- The third and greatest is his account (vii. 50-87) of the Syracusan disaster in 413. It is told with the utmost simplicity, but it is without parallel in literature, equal to the most tremendous climaxes of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
- J M Dent, London, Everyman's Library; 1910, 1974 Reprint.
- Translated by Richard Crawley; Introduction by John Warrington
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