You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or sign in to view the full course.


5. The Tragedy of War and Stasis at Corcyra

This is the course trailer. Please create an account or sign in to view this lecture.

  • Description
  • Cite

About this Lecture


In this module, we think about one of the organising features that many scholars have argued Thucydides uses to structure his history —that of the Greek tragedy. In addition to this, we consider Thucydides shocking presentation of the civil war at Corcyra, and think about to extent to which Thucydides is attempting to define general rules of social behaviour —to what extent, that is, might Thucydides be seen as a political theorist?


In this course, Professor Neville Morley (University of Bristol) explores Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on the key episodes in the text and thinking in particular about some of the historiographical issues that modern historians face when reading Thucydides. As we move through the course, we think about the opening paragraphs of Thucydides’ history and his methodology as a historian, his views on historical causation, his dramatisation of history, and his sense of the tragedy of history, among many other issues.


Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol, who has published widely on ancient economic and social history, the theory and methodology of history, and the historian Thucydides.

At present, he is working on a book on Karl Marx for the OUP Classics in Theory series, and developing new research projects on ecology and economics in the Roman world, as well as continuing to write articles on Thucydides and his reception and other topics.

Cite this Lecture

APA style

Morley, N. (2018, August 15). Thucydides - The Tragedy of War and Stasis at Corcyra [Video]. MASSOLIT.

MLA style

Morley, Neville. "Thucydides – The Tragedy of War and Stasis at Corcyra." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,

Get instant access to over 4,000 lectures