"Shanske's book grasps tenaciously at important questions and never lets them out of sight. The author demonstrates an encyclopedic grasp of the tradition and flashes of deep originality. Many useful insights are scattered throughout, and as I stated at the outset, Shanke's main line of questioning repays close attention: Shanke's has reopened the question of Thucydides' importance and status in the present."
-Bryn Mawr Classical Review
In this study, Darien Shanske analyzes the difficult language and structure of Thucydides' History and argues that the text has drawn in so many readers into its distinctive worldview precisely because of its kinship to the contemporary language and structure of Classical Tragedy.