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Justice in Thucydides’ Athenian speeches

Heath, M. (1990) Justice in Thucydides’ Athenian speeches. Historia, 39. pp. 385-400. ISSN 0018-2311

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Speakers in Thucydides sometimes dismiss considerations of justice as irrelevant to decision-making in questions of international relations. It is argued that this line of argument is a distinctive characteristic of Thucydides’ Athenian speakers; and evidence from Athenian political oratory in the fourth and (so far as it is recoverable) late fifth centuries suggest that it is unlikely to have been characteristic in reality of Athenian speakers in the late fifth century. This conclusion poses a problem concerning Thucydides’ practice in his speeches to which there is no evident solution.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1990 Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart. Published online under a non-exclusive licence granted by the author.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > Classics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2008 17:38
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 16:46
Status: Published
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3530

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