chapter  4
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Rhetoric and history II: Platnea (431–27 BC)

We have seen how far an orator (Andocides) and a biographer (Plutarch) would go in reshaping history. The story of Plataea takes us two steps further: first, more oratory, as we see how drastically a fourth-century speaker adapted the story to prove, and improve, his point; secondly, we can explore how Thucydides too exploited Plataea for his rather more profound purposes.