The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War

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For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart bya conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world s most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today."show more

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  • Paperback | 511 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 32mm | 579.99g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004375
  • 9780142004371
  • 142,243

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"The best account [of the Peloponnesian War] now available." Los Angeles Times Book Review"A fresh, clear and fast-moving account... for general readers." The New York Times Book Review "Drawing on incomparable knowledge as a classicist, international relations theorist and military historian, Donald Kagan... has devoted a single volume to guiding us through that epic of miscalculation, hubris and strategic overreach, supplyingsupplemental observations and correctives to Thucydides classic History of the Peloponnesian War." The Washington Post "show more

About Donald Kagan

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. He is also the author of many books on ancient and modern more

Table of contents

The Peloponnesian WarIntroduction Part One. The Road To War Chapter One: The Great Rivalry (479-439*) Sparta and Its Alliance Athens and Its Empire Athens Against Sparta The Thirty Years' Peace Threats to Peace: Thurii The Samian Rebellion Chapter Two: "A Quarrel in a Far-away Country" (436-433) Epidamnus Corinth Chapter Three: Enter Athens (433-432) The Battle of Sybota Potidaea The Megarian Decree Chapter Four: The Decisions for War (432) Sparta Chooses War The Athenian Decision For War Part Two. Pericles' War Chapter Five: War Aims and Resources (432-431) Sparta Athens Chapter Six: The Theban Attack on Plataea (431) The Spartan Invasion of Attica Attacks on Pericles The Athenian Response Pericles' Funeral Oration The War's First Year: An Accounting Chapter Seven: The Plague (430-429) Epidaurus The Plague in Athens Pericles Under Fire Peace Negotiations Pericles Condemned The Spartans Go to Sea Potidaea Recaptured Chapter Eight: Pericles' Last Days (429) Sparta Attacks Plataea Spartan Action in the Northwest Enter Phormio The Spartans Attack Piraeus The Death of Pericles Chapter Nine: Rebellion in the Empire (428-427) The "New Politicians" in Athens Conspiracy on Lesbos Athens Reacts Mytilene Appeals To The Peloponnesians The Siege of Mytilene Sparta Acts On Land and Sea The Fate of Mytilene The Mytilene Debate: Cleon Versus Diodotus Chapter Ten: Terror and Adventure (427) The Fate of Plataea Civil War at Corcyra First Athenian Expedition to Sicily Part Three. New Strategies Chapter Eleven: Demosthenes and the New Strategy (426) The Spartans in Central Greece Athenian Initiatives Demosthenes' Aetolian Campaign The Spartans Attack The Northwest Chapter Twelve: Pylos and Sphacteria (425) Athens' Western Commitments Demosthenes' Plan: The Fort at Pylos The Spartans on Sphacteria The Athenian Naval Victory Sparta's Peace Offer Cleon Against Nicias The Spartan Surrender on Sphacteria Chapter Thirteen: Athens on the Offensive: Megara and Delium (424) Cythera and Thyrea Disappointment in Sicily The Assault on Megara Athens' Boeotian Invasion Delium Chapter Fourteen: Brasidas' Thracian Campaign (424-423) The Capture of Amphipolis Thucydides at Amphipolis Truce Nicias' Expedition to Thrace Chapter Fifteen: The Coming of Peace (422-421) Cleon in Command The Battle of Amphipolis The Death of Brasidas and Cleon The Coming of Peace The Peace of Nicias Part Four. The False Peace Chapter Sixteen: The Peace Unravels (421-420) A Troubled Peace The Spartan-Anthenian Alliance The Argive League Sparta's Problems The Corinthians' Mysterious Policy The Boeotians Chapter Seventeen: The Alliance of Athens and Argos (420-418) The Athenian Breach with Sparta Spartan Humilations Alcibiades in the Peloponnesus The Spartans Against Argos Confrontation in the Argive Plain Chapter Eighteen: The Battle of Mantinea (418) Agis' March to Tegea To Force a Battle The Allied Army Moves The Battle Politics Intervene The Meaning of Mantinea Chapter Nineteen: After Mantinea: Politics and Policy at Sparta and Athens (418-416) Democracy Restored to Argos Politics at Athens Ostracism of Hyperbolus The Athenian Conquest of Melos Nicias Against Alicibiades Part Five. The Disaster in Sicily Chapter Twenty: The Decision (416-415) Athens' Sicilian Connections The Debate in Athens The Debate to Reconsider Chapter Twenty-One: The Home Front and the First Campaigns (415) Sacrilege Witch Hunt Athenian Strategy The Summer Campaign of 415 The Flight of Alcibiades Chapter Twenty-Two: The First Attack on Syracuse (415) The Athenians at Syracuse Syracusan Resistance Alcibiades At Sparta Chapter Twenty-Three: The Siege of Syracuse (414) The Illness of Nicias and the Death of Lamachus Athens Breaks the Treaty Help Arrives at Syracuse Nicias Moves to Plemmyrium Nicias' Letter to Athens The Athenian Response Chapter Twenty-Four: The Besiegers Besieged (414-413) Sparta Takes the Offensive The Fort at Decelea Reinforcements for Both Sides The Capture of Plemmyrium The Battle in the Great Harbor The Second Athenian Armada: Demosthenes' Plan The Night Attack on Epipolae Retreat or Remain? Eclipse Chapter Twenty-Five: Defeat and Destruction (413) The Final Naval Battle The Final Retreat The Fate of the Athenians A Judgment on Nicias Part Six. Revolutions in the Empire and in Athens Chapter Twenty-Six: After the Disaster (413-412) The Probouloi Spartan Ambitions Agis in Command Persian Initiatives The Spartans Chooses Chios Alcibiades Intervenes Tissaphernes' Draft Treaty Chapter Twenty-Seven: War in the Aegean (412-411) Athens Fight Back Decision At Miletus Alcibiades Joins the Persians A New Spartan Agreement with Persia A New Spartan Strategy Rebellion at Rhodes The Importance of Euboea A New Treaty With Persia The Spartans in the Hellespont Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Revolutionary Movement (411) The Aristocratic Tradition Democracy and the War Thraysybulus and the Moderates The Real Oligarchs Phrynichus Against Alcibiades Chapter Twenty-Nine: The Coup (411) Peisander's Mission to Athens The Oligarchs' Breach with Alcibiades Divisions Among the Plotters The Democracy Overthrown The Oligarchic Leaders Chapter Thirty: The Four Hundred in Power (411) The Democracy at Samos Pharnabazus and the Hellespont Alcibiades Recalled Chapter Thirty-One: The Five Thousand (411) Dissent Within the Four Hundred The Oligarchic Plot to Betray Athens The Threat to Euboea The Fall of the Four Hundred The Constitution of The Five Thousand The Five Thousand in Action Chapter Thirty-Two: War in the Hellespont (411-410) The Phantom Phoenician Fleet The Battle of Cynossema The Battle of Abydos The Battle of Cyzicus Part Seven. The Fall Of Athens Chapter Thirty-Three: The Restoration (410-409) Sparta's Peace Offer Democracy Restored The War Resumed Chapter Thirty-Four: The Return of Alcibiades (409-408) Athens Attempts to Clear the Straits Athenian Negotiations with Persia Alcibiades Returns Chapter Thirty-Five: Cyrus, Lysander, and the Fall of Alcibiades (408-406) Prince Cyrus Replaces Tissaphernes The Emergence of Lysander The Collaboration of Cyrus and Lysander The Battle of Notium The Fall of Alcibiades Chapter Thirty-Six: Arginusae (406) The New Navarch Conon Trapped at Mytilene Athens Rebuilds a Navy The Battle of Arginusae Rescue and Recovery The Trial of the Generals Chapter Thirty-Seven: The Fall of Athens (405-404) Another Spartan Peace Offer The Return of Lysander The Battle of Aegospotami The Results of the Battle The Fate of Athens Theramenes Negotiates a Peace Conclusion Sources for the History of the Peloponnesian War Indexshow more
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