RUSTEN, Jeffrey S., (ed.),
Oxford University Press, Oxford (...), 2009. 519p. Cloth wrps. Series: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies. 'This volume (...) provides a full and interesting overview of Thucydidean scholarship and the major Thucydidean issues over the past fifty or so years, and thus allows students who have read it to then place new issues and new articles in context. It seems a very useful volume for anyone coming to the study of Thucydides at this point in time, and I expect it (or portions of it) will be assigned to most undergraduate and graduate seminars on Thucydides. Perhaps the best part of the book is Rusten's 28-page introductory essay 'Thucydides and his Readers'. In it he gives a brief chronological summary of historical turning points in the reading of Thucydides. (...) Students who read this essay will have a good sense of the trends and issues of interest to Thucydidean scholars in the second half of the twentieth century. It is an excellent overview for new readers and is especially clear and interesting on families of scholars (e.g. 7-8), something that it can take students years to figure out on their own. After this introductory essay, Rusten offers an article or book section each by his three representatives of the 'book-by-book' reading (Connor, Dover, and Hornblower) and then a series of (usually two) chapters grouped under the separate books of Thucydides. (...) The book-by-book articles are followed by three on 'Reception (Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary).' For all the articles, Rusten often adds an 'editor's postscript' that discusses subsequent work on the topic at hand, and authors who either relate to, build on, or react against the position in the article. In these 'postscripts' (and, where applicable, in the notes to all articles) Rusten refers to authors by the number assigned them in the 'Select Bibliography' included in the text. This bibliography is another element that makes this volume especially useful to students (and teachers). (...) In sum, (...) the collection here works very well as an overview and an introduction to Thucydidean studies.' (MARTHA C. TAYLOR in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.08.07).