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History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides

(Book - 1972)
History of the Peloponnesian War
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'My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last forever.'Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict.

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Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1972
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 0140440399
9780140440393
Branch Call Number: 938.05 T532hw 1972
Characteristics: 648 p.,maps.,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Finley, M. I. (Moses I.), 1912-1986
Warner, Rex 1905-1986

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This detailed contemporary account of the conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 B.C. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth an... Read More »

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(431–411 B.C.)
“This detailed contemporary account of the conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 B.C. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a con... Read More »


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(431–411 B.C.)
“This detailed contemporary account of the conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 B.C. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this exhaustively factual record of the disastrous conflict that eventually ended the Athenian empire.” We recommend particularly The Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War for its maps, photographs of sites, annotations and index.

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