History of the Peloponnesian War: Bk. 1-2

History of the Peloponnesian War Bk Thucydides of Athens one of the greatest of historians was born about BCE He saw the rise of Athens to greatness under the inspired leadership of Pericles In the second year of the Peloponn

Thucydides of Athens, one of the greatest of historians, was born about 471 BCE He saw the rise of Athens to greatness under the inspired leadership of Pericles In 430, the second year of the Peloponnesian War, he caught and survived the horrible plague which he described so graphically Later, as general in 423 he failed to save Amphipolis from the enemy and was disgracThucydides of Athens, one of the greatest of historians, was born about 471 BCE He saw the rise of Athens to greatness under the inspired leadership of Pericles In 430, the second year of the Peloponnesian War, he caught and survived the horrible plague which he described so graphically Later, as general in 423 he failed to save Amphipolis from the enemy and was disgraced He tells about this, not in volumes of self justification, but in one sentence of his history of the war that it befell him to be an exile for twenty years He then lived probably on his property in Thrace, but was able to observe both sides in certain campaigns of the war, and returned to Athens after her defeat in 404 He had been composing his famous history, with its hopes and horrors, triumphs and disasters, in full detail from first hand knowledge of his own and others.The war was really three conflicts with one uncertain peace after the first and Thucydides had not unified them into one account when death came sometime before 396 His history of the first conflict, 431 421, was nearly complete Thucydides was still at work on this when the war spread to Sicily and into a conflict 415 413 likewise complete in his awful and brilliant record, though not fitted into the whole His story of the final conflict of 413 404 breaks off in the middle of a sentence when dealing with the year 411 So his work was left unfinished and as a whole unrev

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History of the Peloponnesian War: Bk. 1-2

  1. Thucydides c 460 B.C c 395 B.C Greek , Thoukyd d s was a Greek historian and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century B.C war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 B.C Thucydides has been dubbed the father of scientific history due to his strict standards of evidence gathering and analysis in terms of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods, as outlined in his introduction to his work.He has also been called the father of the school of political realism, which views the relations between nations as based on might rather than right His classical text is still studied at advanced military colleges worldwide, and the Melian dialogue remains a seminal work of international relations theory.More generally, Thucydides showed an interest in developing an understanding of human nature to explain behaviour in such crises as plague, genocide as practised against the Melians , and civil war.Excerpted from.

513 Reply to “History of the Peloponnesian War: Bk. 1-2”

  1. For all those people who believe that modern politics have changed concept since the Ancient years They will be surprised to see how similar the epochs are


  2. If, like me, you are unable to read solely the Greek text, then the next best thing is to use the Loeb edition The English translation, made by C F Smith in 1919, is excellent, and it is useful to be able to refer to the Greek on the facing pages.I would recommend reading this along with The Landmark Thucydides, which also contains a fine translation, excellent notes and timelines, and, perhaps best of all, detailed maps.Lastly, it is illuminating to consult Hobbes s translation along the way, a [...]


  3. The Lacedaemonians voted that the treaty had been broken, and that the war must be declared, not so much because they were persuaded by the arguments of the allies, as because they feared the growth of the power of the Athenians, seeing most of Hellas already subject to them.


  4. I LOVED this book It s a book I think everyone should read The LandMark Thucydides has great notes maybe too many but this is the edition I read and loved.



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