The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides Robert B. Strassler Richard Crawley Victor Davis Hanson / Sep 16, 2019

The Landmark Thucydides A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War You can find an alternative cover for this ISBN here Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta possession for all time and indeed it is the first and still most fa

  • Title: The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
  • Author: Thucydides Robert B. Strassler Richard Crawley Victor Davis Hanson
  • ISBN: 9780684827902
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • You can find an alternative cover for this ISBN here.Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta possession 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 than 2,000 years, The PeloponnYou can find an alternative cover for this ISBN here.Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta possession 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 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.

    The Landmark Thucydides A Comprehensive Guide to the 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. the landmark ancient histories The Landmark Herodotus is the most densely annotated, richly illustrated, and user friendly edition of his histories ever to appear. Thucydides Thucydides j u s d d i z Greek Thoukydd s t u kydd s c c BC was an Athenian historian and general.His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the fifth century BC war between Sparta and Athens until the year BC Thucydides has been dubbed the father of scientific history by those who accept his claims to have Great Quotes From The Landmark Thucydides Return Of Athens biggest worry was the sheer recklessness of its own democratic government A simple majority of the citizenry, urged on and incensed by clever demagogues, might capriciously send out military forces in unnecessary and exhausting adventures. BRIA a Herodotus and Thucydides Inventing History Herodotus wrote about the wars between Persia and Greece Thucydides wrote about the civil war between Athens and Sparta Together these ancient Greek writers became the first true historians in Western civilization. Herma A herma Ancient Greek , pl hermai , commonly in English herm, is a sculpture with a head, and perhaps a torso, above a plain, usually squared lower section, on which male genitals may also be carved at the appropriate height Hermae were so called either because the head of Hermes was most common or from their etymological connexion with the Greek word The Spartans While the works of Herodotus have been indispensable to the study of the Greco Persian Wars, very little was mentioned by the Father of History with respect to the panoply worn by the ancient Greek hoplite during the landmark battles of BC. Athens Ab rock As our bus entered the outskirts of modern Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece pop ,, in , our guide pointed to the city s justly famous landmark, the Acropolis, a flat topped limestone hill housing the remains of the Parthenon and other structures.

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        Thucydides c 460 B.C c 395 B.C Greek , Thoukyd d s was a Greek historian and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century B.C war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 B.C Thucydides has been dubbed the father of scientific history due to his strict standards of evidence gathering and analysis in terms of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods, as outlined in his introduction to his work.He has also been called the father of the school of political realism, which views the relations between nations as based on might rather than right His classical text is still studied at advanced military colleges worldwide, and the Melian dialogue remains a seminal work of international relations theory.More generally, Thucydides showed an interest in developing an understanding of human nature to explain behaviour in such crises as plague, genocide as practised against the Melians , and civil war.Excerpted from.


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    1. Towards the end of this book I had a flashback of watching an episode of Mastermind in the 80s, the contestant had chosen the Spartan military as their specialist subject was asked being asked by Magnus Magnusson, the Icelandic Viking who swooped down from the north to Britain as a child to become a TV quiz host, why the Spartans had stopped their campaign on one particular occasion and gone home. The correct answer was that this was in response to an earthquake. Judging by Thucydides' history t [...]


    2. Favorite quote:"The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest, but if it is judged worthy by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the understanding of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content.In fine I have written my work not as an essay with which to win the applause of the moment but as a possession for all time." -Thucydides


    3. I first read Thucydides in college, using Rex Warner's translation in the Penguin edition. As a frosh with little background in ancient history and political science, I didn't have the proper perspective to realize Th.'s critical place in western historiography and political thought. As a junior, I re-read Th this time in a course on ancient historians. At that point, having had modest exposure to Hobbes, Machiavelli, Burke, Clausewitz and the like, I was better equipped to appreciate Th.'s meth [...]


    4. If you ever wanted to tackle Thucydides, this is the way to do it. It's beautifully laid out, with helpful maps and other material. The reading experience is profoundly moving, not really for the style but for the sheer weight of human folly on display. This should be required reading for politicians of all stripes.



    5. What I love about the best ancient Greek literature is how startlingly modern it could be. This is particularly true of Euripides (whom I regard as a 21st century dramatist) and The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. The accounts of the Corcycran revolution, the so-called Melian Dialogue (in which Athens shows itself to be somewhat less enlightened than reputed), and the utter disaster of the Sicilian Expedition can just as easily be taking place now in remote parts of the world.The [...]


    6. If you are going to read Thucydides, the Landmark version is the best place to start. I read this after I became a fan of Strassler's The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories. For me, there is not much better than Thucydides' speeches. "The Funeral Oration of Pericles", "Diodotus to the Athenian Ecclesia", "Demosthenes to his troops at Pylos" & "Nicias before the last sea fight" are all some of the most interesting, moving and inspiring speeches and harangues EVER written. Thucydides' HOPW (Lan [...]


    7. 3.5 starsFinally I could finish reading this book after many intervals of being content with what I knew, I didn’t claim I enjoyed all of eight-book Thucydides’s account. Compared to the other history classic of similar stature, Herodotus’s “The Histories” translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, I think, is more enjoyable and impressive regarding the world as viewed by the Greek historian in the fifth century B.C. Contrastively in a smaller scale, Thucydides has ambitiously depicted the tw [...]


    8. BABTbbc/programmes/b05s2pbmDescription: 'My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever,' ThucydidesAncient Greek historian Thucydides' spellbinding first-hand account chronicles the devastating 27-year-long war between Athens and Sparta during the 5th century BC. It was a life-and-death struggle that reshaped the face of ancient Greece and pitted Athenian democracy against brutal Spartan militarism.Thucydides himself was an Ath [...]


    9. This book is impossible to review but I still wanted to give my opinion on this as I try to do with every outstanding book I come across. I mean impossible because this book is the cornerstone for different disciplines, mainly History and International Relations. This is no surprise as Thucydides was intending to provide a historic account of the greatest war of his time, the war between Sparta and Athens while not focusing on any superstitious beliefs. Being the first historian, he set about tr [...]


    10. I need more stars! Thucydides is the man. In 1947, George Marshall "doubt[ed] seriously whether a man can think with full wisdom and with deep convictions regarding certain of the basic issues today" without having read this book. The parallels between the Cold War and the Peloponnesian War as T. describes it are certainly striking. My two favorite sections of this book are the civil war in Corcyra, which T. describes as representative of many civil wars going on in the Aegean at the time--and w [...]


    11. The Peloponnesian War is something that historicly interests me the most from the ancient greek history, so this book was something that I've read with ease. In addition the writing is quite understandable and easy to follow.


    12. It has been said that Earthling civilization, so far, has created ten thousand wars, but only three intelligent commentaries on war—the commentaries of Thucydides, of Julius Caesar and of Winston Niles Rutherfoord.—Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of TitanSome years ago, I waded through the Barnes & Noble edition of Herodotus’ Histories. It was one of the most painful reading experiences of my life. I blame 95% of this on the translator (G.C. Macaulay), who broke new ground in dry, prolix, kn [...]


    13. Not quite as fun to read as Herodotus' eccentric Histories, but still an important primary source. I could get through it quite well with my limited knowledge of Greek history and the Peloponnesian War, but I would recommend brushing up for context. Also the Jowlett translation from 1881 (which can be found on Perseus online) is the clearest and easiest to follow.


    14. Thucydides sounds surprisingly modern for a writer who lived 2,400 years ago. He provides a record of over 21 years in strict chronological order and describes the interests of the two sides with more objective fairness than can be expected today from modern journalists (especially the TV kind). He mentions in the middle of the book that he spent 20 years away from Athens in exile, so that may explain why he can describe the non-Athenian view with such poignancy."I lived through the whole of it, [...]


    15. But none of these allowed either wealth with its prospect of future enjoyment to unnerve his spirit, or poverty with its hope of a day of freedom and riches to tempt him to shrink from danger. No, holding that vengeance upon their enemies was more to be desired than any personal blessings, and reckoning this to be the most glorious of hazards, they joyfully determined to accept the risk, to make sure of their vengeance and to let their wishes wait; and while committing to hope the uncertainty of [...]


    16. The Peloponnesian War was, to say the least, a challenging read for me. Thucydides is writing about a war that happened thousands of years ago, in a completely different culture, in an area where I don't know the geography, between a bunch of states that no longer exist. Oh yes, and there is no unified dating system at the time either. It’s also clear from reading the Peloponnesian War that Thucydides was an aspiring general, not an aspiring poet. One review I encountered while searching for a [...]


    17. Fine. I nerded out on this one too. I really liked it. Might I suggest, however, that it is exceedingly beneficial (it was to me, at least) to take a look at Donald Kagan's lectures on the same subject. You can view them or download them at oyc.yale/classics/clcv-205. Lectures 18-21.Anyhow, while the detail with which Thucydides recounts some of the battles can be tedious at times(though perhaps not to a military historian), the subject matter dealt with is timeless. Pericles's funeral oration i [...]


    18. This is one of the early classic "histories" written. Of course, Herodotus had written his "History" before. But his acceptance of the role of gods in history renders Thucydides' hard-headed accounts of the Greek internecine warfare a further advance in historiography. Thus, we begin to experience something like a real history in this volume (and that does not denigrate the real contributions of Herodotus). This is a nice volume. The Introduction by M. I. Finley sets the stage; the translation b [...]


    19. From BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime:'My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever,' ThucydidesAncient Greek historian Thucydides' spellbinding first-hand account chronicles the devastating 27-year-long war between Athens and Sparta during the 5th century BC. It was a life-and-death struggle that reshaped the face of ancient Greece and pitted Athenian democracy against brutal Spartan militarism.Thucydides himself was an Athenian [...]



    20. One on the reading bucket list down. A must for the ancient world. Sparta versus Athens. Post Thermopylae history is primarily known because of Thucydides. I am still amazed that this history made it to us over the centuries. I am very happy I picked this one up and finally finished it off.



    21. This is a classic work of history, about the war between Athens and Sparta in the 430s and 420s BC. I'm not terribly interested in the war itself, or the geographical details (though I would have liked it if my Penguin edition had put useful maps in the text closer to the descriptions of events taking place on obscure islands); I hoped to find out from reading it the extent to which Thucydides' reputation as the first proper historian is justifiable.What I found was rather different to what I ex [...]


    22. Finally finished the whole thing. It's quite a piece, and I highly recommend the Landmark edition which comes with maps and tables that greatly aid in the enormous task of parsing all of these old places and names into a coherent military campaign. While I do admire Thucydides direct, strictly empirical style, there's so much less of the kooky local flavor here which made Herodotus so rich, as a result it can be slow and ponderous at times. That being said, the speeches and dialogues Thucydides [...]


    23. For over three years I was a history major at Grinnell College. In the junior year only one course requirement remained, historiography, a course taught by only one faculty member. That was fine by me until we got to Augustine's City of God which, at the time, I thought was absolutely crazy and unreadable (I've since read it). Having almost completed the requirements for a religion degree as well by then, I switched majors and graduated on schedule.Although Augustine was unsupportable, I very mu [...]


    24. I learned that I already knew the stories. I found this abandoned at the Willie Street Food Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1985. I hadn't done unpacking yet, all the books were in boxes, I was desperate. I took it home. The introduction was boring and went on forever. I skipped most of it and got on to book one, where things immediately became interesting, as I recognized stories my father told us as children, when we went for long walks, or car rides together.Today, rereading it once again, th [...]


    25. The first great history book. In addition, there are spectacular passages like the Melian Conference where the Athenian envoy states:For ourselves, we shall not trouble you with specious pretences- either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede, or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us- and make a long speech which would not be believed; and in return we hope that you, instead of thinking to influence us by saying that you did not join the Laceda [...]


    26. One criteria for saying a book is good is if its ahead of its time. Of all books in existence this may be the book most ahead of its time. Reading this detailed description of a war between the city states of Sparta and Athnes it is unbelievable it was written about 2500 years ago. A modern historian describing a current war given similar sources would not do much different. Additionally it is among the best primers on classic Greece, the foundation of modern society. History of the Peloponnesia [...]


    27. Je m'étais cassé les dents dessus une première fois car trop obscur. Une seconde fois, juste à la suite de "L'enquete" d'Hérodote d'Halicarnasse, le plaisir a vraiment été au rendez-vous. Comme "le prince", on n'en sort pas indemne.


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