The Anonymous Life of Thucydides

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There are two biographies of Thucydides that were written in antiquity and attached to copies of his History. One was attributed to an otherwise unknown Marcellinus, the other biography is anonymous. The earliest copy of the anonymous Life of Thucydides has come down to us in a parchment manuscript of the tenth or eleventh centuries, now housed in the library of the University of Heidelberg.This text prefaced what is one of our earliest copies of Thucydides' History and was accompanied by a copy of the Life of Thucydides by Marcellinus. The combination of the two biographies in the one text has encouraged scholars to read them together, compare them and ask whether the shorter anonymous Life is not derived from the longer one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalAncient history : resources for teachers
Issue number2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Thucydides
  • Ancient Biographies
  • Vitae
  • Thucydides son of Melesias


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