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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 187 x 235 x 36mm | 1,095g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Touchstone ed.
  • 100 maps, illus. t-o
  • 0684827905
  • 9780684827902
  • 27,240

Table of contents

CONTENTS

Introduction by Victor Davis Hanson

Editor's Note

Key to Map Symbols

Calendar of the Peloponnesian War

Book One

Book Two

Book Three

Book Four

Book Five

Book Six

Book Seven

Book Eight

Epilogue

Theaters of Operation in the Peloponnesian War

Appendix A The Athenian Government in Thucydides

Alan L. Boegehold, Brown University

Appendix B The Athenian Empire in Thucydides

Alan L. Boegehold, Brown University

Appendix C Spartan Institutions in Thucydides

Paul Cartledge, Clare College, Cambridge University

Appendix D The Peloponnesian League in Thucydides

Paul Cartledge, Clare College, Cambridge University

Appendix E The Persians in Thucydides

Robert B. Strassler

Appendix F Land Warfare in Thucydides

Victor Davis Hanson, California State University at Fresno

Appendix G Trireme Warfare in Thucydides

Nicolle Hirschfeld, University of Texas at Austin

Appendix H Dialects and Ethnic Groups in Thucydides

William F. Wyatt, Brown University

Appendix I Religious Festivals in Thucydides

Gregory Crane, Tufts University

Appendix J Classical Greek Currency in Thucydides

Thomas R. Martin, College of the Holy Cross

Appendix K Calendars and Dating Systems in Thucydides

Thomas R. Martin, College of the Holy Cross

Glossary

Bibliography of Ancient Sources

Concise Bibliography of Modern Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

Reference Maps
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Paul A. Rahne The Washington Times Without question, this is the finest edition of Thueydides history ever produced; It is a treasure. Donald Kagan author of On the Origins of War and Pericles of Athens This is the best book with which to start study of Thueydides and the Peloponnesian War. David Denby Los Angeles Times A magnificent edition of the great historian's The Peloponnesian War. The Boston Globe Thoroughly readable....Anyone interested in the culture of conflict -- political as well as military, contemporary as well as ancient -- can learn much from this durable work.
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About Victor Davis Hanson

Robert B. Strassler is an unaffiliated scholar whose articles have appeared in the Journal of Hellenic Studies. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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