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    DescriptionThucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta "a possession for all time," and indeed it is the first and still the 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. Written centuries before the rise of modern historiography, Thucydides' narrative is not continuous or linear. His authoritative chronicle of what he considered the greatest war of all time is rigorous and meticulous, yet omits the many aids to comprehension modern readers take for granted -- such as brief biographies of the story's main characters, maps and other visual enhancements, and background on the military, cultural, and political traditions of ancient Greece. Robert Strassler's new edition amends these omissions, and not only provides a new coherence to the narrative overall but effectively reconstructs 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 depth, and numerous other useful features. Readers will find that with this edition they can dip into the text at any point and be immediately oriented with regard to the geography, season, date, and stage of the conflict. In any list of the Great Books of Western Civilization, "The Peloponnesian War" stands near the top. This handsome, elegant, and authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations.

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    Landmark Thucydides
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert B Strassler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 713
    Width: 193 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 53 mm
    Weight: 1,451 g
    ISBN 13: 9781416590873
    ISBN 10: 1416590870

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    DC22: 938.05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS027130
    DC21: 938.05
    DC22: 938/.05
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    LC classification: DF229.T55 C7 2008
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    17 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Reading Thucydides remains an indispensable part of a liberal education. But this text has been wanting a useful English language, annotated version that would make it easier for the contemporary reader to encounter its brilliance and eloquence. Strassler's meticulous and imaginative achievement is as welcome as it is astonishing. Students of history and politics will be forever in his debt." -- Leon Botstein President, Bard College