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    DescriptionThucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is the earliest surviving realist text in the European tradition. As an account of the Peloponnesian War, it is famous both as an analysis of power politics and as a classic of political realism. From the opening speeches, Thucydides' Athenians emerge as a new and frightening source of power, motivated by self-interest and oblivious to the rules and shared values under which the Greeks had operated for centuries. Gregory Crane demonstrates how Thucydides' history brilliantly analyzes both the power and the dramatic weaknesses of realist thought. The tragedy of Thucydides' history emerges from the ultimate failure of the Athenian project. The new morality of the imperialists proved as conflicted as the old; history shows that their values were unstable and self-destructive. Thucydides' history ends with the recounting of an intellectual stalemate that, a century later, motivated Plato's greatest work. Thucydides and the Ancient Simplicity includes a thought-provoking discussion questioning currently held ideas of political realism and its limits. Crane's sophisticated claim for the continuing usefulness of the political examples of the classical past will appeal to anyone interested in the conflict between the exercise of political power and the preservation of human freedom and dignity.


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    Title
    Thucydides and the Ancient Simplicity
    Subtitle
    The Limits of Political Realism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory Crane
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 330
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 776 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520207899
    ISBN 10: 0520207890
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    DC22: 938.05
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    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
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    LC classification: DF229.T6 C88 1998, DF229.T6C8
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    28 August 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Gregory Crane is Associate Professor of Classics at Tufts University and author of The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word (1995) among other publications.
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    "Crane's approach is original and quite stimulating. He takes a set of old questions--Thucydides' objectivity, 'realism, ' and understanding of human nature--and gives them a new and exciting twist."--J. Peter Euben, University of California, Santa Cru