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Thucydides

Thucydides (Θουκυδίδης, Thoukydides; circa 460-395 BC) was a Greek politician, general and historian from Alimos (Άλιμος), a coastal district of Athens. He also owned an estate including gold mines at Scapte Hyle, near Neapolis (today Kavala), on the Thracian coast of the Northern Aegean Sea, opposite the island of Thasos [1].

It was at Scapte Hyle that Thucydides spent his last years, following his banishment from Athens, and completed his work History of the Peloponnesian War (Ιστορία του Πελοποννησιακού Πολέμου), an account of the war between Athens and Sparta and their allies in the 5th century BC. Although quite different in style and approach to the Histories of Herodotus, it continues historically from where Herodotus left off, at the end of the Greek-Persian wars. In turn, the Athenian soldier and historian Xenophon continued the story in his own way [2].
 
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Portrait of the Greek historian Thucydides at My Favourite Planet

Marble bust of Thucydides.

From a double herm of Herodotus and
Thucydides. Early 2nd century AD copies
of early 4th century BC Greek originals.

Found in Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, around
1547-1555. Later in the Farnese collection.

National Archaeological Museum,
Naples. Inv. No. 6239.
 
Marble head of Thucydides, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford at My Favourite Planet

Marble head of Thucydides. 1-100 AD.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. On loan from
the Franziska Winters Collection. LI1022.2.
 
Marble bust of Thucydides

Marble bust of Thucydides. Thought to be
a Roman copy of a 4th century BC original.
Holkham Hall, Norfolk, England.

Source: Anton Hekler (1882-1940),
Greek & Roman portraits.
Putman, New York, 1912. At archive.org.
 
Thucydides Notes, references and links  

1. Scapte Hyle (Σκαπτὴ Ὕλη, a forest that may be dug; also referred to as Scaptensula, foss wood).

"Indeed the Muses, it appears, called exile to their aid in perfecting for the ancients the finest and most esteemed of their writings. 'Thucydides of Athens composed the history of the war of the Peloponnesians and Athenians' in Thrace at Scapte Hyle; Xenophon wrote at Scillus in Elis, Philistus in Epeirus, Timaeus of Tauromenium at Athens, Androtion of Athens at Megara, and the poet Bacchylides in the Peloponnese."

Plutarch, Moralia, On Exile, section 14. English translation by Phillip H. De Lacy and Benedict Einarson. Loeb Classical Library, 1959. At Bill Thayer's LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World, University of Chicago.

See also:

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book 4, chapter 105, section 1.

Plutarch, Lives: Cimon, Chapter 4.

Both at Perseus Digital Library.

2. Xenophon of Athens (Ξενοφῶν, circa 430-354 BC), general, historian and philosopher; pupil of Socrates.

A profile of Xenophon will appear in this section at some point. Meanwhile, read an anecdote by the author about his military adventure in Pergamon on History of Pergamon.
 
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