Entre τύχη et ἀνάγκη : les usages thucydidéens de l'uchronie

Abstract : The study of uchronia in Thucydides leads to the core issue of the relationship between structural constraints and contingent details of events. It then could help us to a better understanding of the connexion between necessity and contingency in Thucydides' narration of the past. This papers aims to show that uchronic escapes can be used as a device to underline contingency and luck in a binding framework as much as to bring out turning points merging necessity and contingence or even to determine structural constraints in the very detail of contingent events. Such a use of uchronia reminds us that political actions are never plainly open nor completely predetermined, but always more or less constrained : what matters is to ascertain the levels and the variations of these constraints. Here is the political lesson Thucydides tries to teach by means of uchronia.
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Pierre Ponchon. Entre τύχη et ἀνάγκη : les usages thucydidéens de l'uchronie. Alexandre Grandazzi; Anne Queyrel Bottineau. Antiques uchronies. Quand Grecs et Romains imaginent des histoires alternatives, Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, pp.179-197, 2018, Antiques uchronies. Quand Grecs et Romains imaginent des histoires alternatives, 978-2-36441-286-6. ⟨hal-01916307⟩

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