Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War


By (author) George Cawkwell


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 2 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415165520
  • ISBN 13: 9780415165525
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,313,801

Product description

Understanding the history of Athens in the all important years of the second half of the fifth century B.C. is largely dependent on the work of the historian Thucydides. Previous scholarship has tended to view Thucydides' account as infallible. This book challenges that received wisdom, advancing original and controversial views of Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War; his misrepresentation of Alcibiades and Demosthenes; his relationship with Pericles; and his views on the Athenian Empire. Cawkwell's comprehensive analysis of Thucydides and his historical writings is persuasive, erudite and an immensely valuable addition to the scholarship and criticism of a rich and popular period of Greek history.

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Author information

George Cawkwell arrived in Oxford in 1946 as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar and, like the lotus-eaters, "forgot the way home". In 1949 he became a Fellow of University College, Oxford where he tutored in Ancient History until 1995. He is the author of Philip of Macedon (1978) and many articles in learned journals on the history of Greece from the eighth to the fourth century BC.

Review quote

"Cawkwell is an important historian ... [this book] is typical of his style, his scholarship and his humanity, and ought to be read."-Hugh Bowden, University of London

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations Chapter 1. Thucydides Chapter 2. 'The Truest Explanation' Chapter 3. Thucydides and the Strategy of the Peloponnesian War Chapter 4. Thucydides, Pericles, and the 'Radical Demagogues' Chapter 5. Thucydides, Alcibiades, and the West Chapter 6. Thucydides and the Empire Appendix 1. A Note on the so-called 'Financial Decrees' of Callias, IG 13 52 (= ML 58) Appendix 2. The Megara Decrees of Plutarch, Pericles 30 Appendix 3. Military Service in the Athenian Empire Notes Works referred to in the Notes