On Justice, Power and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War

On Justice Power and Human Nature Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most l

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides political theory famous as well as important but lesser known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists Newly translated into spare, vigorous EnglisDesigned for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides political theory famous as well as important but lesser known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists Newly translated into spare, vigorous English, and situated within a connective narrative framework, Woodruff s selections will be of special interest to instructors in political theory and Greek civilization Includes maps, notes, glossary.

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On Justice, Power and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War

  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.

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  1. This is a great book The introductory essay alone is worth the read Thucydides was an interesting character in Athenian history He either had a very modern view of political and military theory or ours is very antiquated It is relative However, there is no denying that we can draw parallels between Athens quarrels and political and social debates in 412 B.C.E and American issues that are being debated in 2010 Thucydides was theorizing about elements of fascism before the term had even been creat [...]


  2. Thuc certainly has his opinions on human nature Most of them are correct Fascinating history of the Peloponnesian war how human reactions stem from fear.


  3. Having just read War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning , this book served as a nice companion piece, looking at some similar issues of the cost of war, but also expanding the discussion to look at how crippling a war can be for the involved empires Athens was able to recover culturally, but never returned to the level of power it had before the war, while Sparta just continued to decline Should I have put a SPOILER ALERT there I read the abridged version because that was all the NYPL had, but it [...]


  4. This was a surprise for me because I really liked this book Normally I am extremely intimidated by ancient sources like this Though Thucydides writes in an extremely dense fashion that can be a slow read, the information he provides is fascinating He is surprisingly scientific considering the time period and is kind of like a father to scientific historical writing Give it a try and don t get discouraged if at first it seems unapproachable, it ll grow on you if you give it a chance


  5. I have to admit I was slightly intimidated by this book so I kept putting off reading it When I finally got around to reading it, I was surprised to find that, while it could be dense and slow going at times, it wasn t that hard to understand I especially enjoyed reading about the Athenian defeat in during their Sicilian Expedition.


  6. War is unecessary Although I dislike this book for its content I must admit that it is a good source of Greek history, with a fine section about plague and the ethical implications of feeling one is nearing death.


  7. A bit hard to get into, but once I took some notes in class and understood who was who and what was what, it was actually very interesting Or I m just a super nerd Probably both.


  8. Thucydides exiled general, measured historian, and, dare say, first political theorist I look forward to finishing this one Plus, I just gotta know if Athens pulls through this one.



  9. Second book of my freshman seminar I went into reading this with low expectations, thinking that a history of some random war But it was actually kinda interesting


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