Jowett’s Thucydides: A corpus-based analysis of translation as political intervention


Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War is a key text in the classical Greek canon and an important source of insights into the structures and tensions at the heart of ancient Athenian democracy. Consequently, modern interpretations of his analysis have repeatedly played a major role in shaping debates on the viability and desirability of democratic rule. This paper aims to build on previous discussion of Benjamin Jowett's 1881 translation of Thucydides by applying a comparative corpus-based methodology to explore how this translator's own personal politics shaped his re-presentation of this text. The analysis reveals a striking emphasis on the position and activity of democratic leaders throughout Jowett’s version, strongly consistent with the ideology of leadership that he developed during his career as Master of Balliol College, Oxford.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Benjamin Jowett,Thucydides,classical Greece,corpus analysis,democracy,Language and Linguistics,Linguistics and Language
Publication ISSN: 1751-2921
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 10:26
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Published Date: 2020-09-01
Published Online Date: 2020-03-19
Accepted Date: 2020-03-01
Authors: Jones, Henry (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4544-3086)



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