Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond.
Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond
Edited by Lidewij van Gils, Irene de Jong, and Caroline Kroon
Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology; Volume 29
An October 2014 conference in Amsterdam was the last of a series in which linguists and narratologists working with the classics joined forces to explore textual strategies in Greek and Latin war narrative. The 16 papers from that gathering look in turn at Thermopylae, Cannae, and other battles. Among their topics are a narratological comparison of Herodotus and Diodorus on Thermopylae, Herodotus and Thucydides: distant and immersion, discourse-linguistic strategies in Livy's account of the battle at Cannae, et radio et res: the characterization of Roman conduct through speech representation in the Battle of Cannae, and parallel plotlines: the function of similes in the battle narrative of Vergil Aeneid 10(2). (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)