This introductory chapter presents and explains the key terms, themes, theoretical premises, and tasks undertaken in the whole study. Xyngeneia and relatedness are the two main categories used to describe the various forms and mechanisms of intercommunal kinship relations in the ancient Greek world. Culture, religion above all, emotions, ethics, status, collective memory have a central role in all types of intercommunal kinship. The task of this study is the analysis and appreciation of Thucydides’ historical interpretation and distinctive authorial personality (intertextuality, narrative choices, style). The field of research is also defined, from the perspective both of Thucydidean scholarship, and of interdisciplinary theoretical inquiries (anthropology, sociology of emotions, ethnicity, literary criticism).
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