Thucydides and the Historiography of Trauma

Abstract : The historiography of trauma, an important research theme in recent years, suggests an approach to the interpretation of Thucydides’ account of the defeat of Athens. This paper explores how Pierre Vidal– Naquet drew on Thucydides in his discussions of the historical representation of the Holocaust, and how far we might see Thucydides’ work as a model for modern accounts of atrocity. It then considers the possibility that Thucydides’ narrative was itself the product of trauma, and the implications for our interpretation if it is seen as an acting out or a working through of his own past experiences.
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Neville Morley. Thucydides and the Historiography of Trauma. KTÈMA Civilisations de l'Orient, de la Grèce et de Rome antiques, Université de Strasbourg, 2017, 42, pp.195-206. ⟨halshs-01669272⟩

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