The Landmark Thucydides

The Landmark Thucydides

A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

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Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta "a possssion for all time," and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.

Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta "a possssion for all time," and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.

However, this classic book has long presented obstacles to the uninitiated reader. Robert Strassler's new edition removes these obstacles by providing a new coherence to the narrative overall, and by effectively reconstructing the lost cultural context that Thucydides shared with his original audience. Based on the venerable Richard Crawley translation, updated and revised for modern readers. The Landmark Thucydides includes a vast array of superbly designed and presented maps, brief informative appendices by outstanding classical scholars on subjects of special relevance to the text, explanatory marginal notes on each page, an index of unprecedented subtlety, and numerous other useful features.

In any list of the Great Books of Western Civilization, The Peloponnesian War stands near the top. This authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations.
Publisher: New York, Ny. : Simon & Schuster, 1998, c1996.
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780684827902
0684827905
Branch Call Number: 938.05 Thu 1996
938/.05/Thu/1996 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xxxiii, 713 p. : ill., maps.

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DWIGHT A GREEN
Mar 11, 2016

The Peloponnesian War was something I have wanted to read for a long time and I am extremely glad I finally did. It’s an amazing work, a literary work every bit as much as a history.

The Landmark Histories provides a unique way to experience the work, with maps, notes, etc. that can help put everything in context.

Thucydides' history of the war, though incomplete, provides an important tool to understand not just what happened between the ancient Greek city/states but what they were thinking at the time. Pericles plays such a major role for Athens in the early going, and his absence after his death from the plague would provide a vacuum for lesser writers but not for Thucydides. A must-read for anyone wanting to understand ancient history, as well as understanding the true nature of war.

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