Complete writings: The Peloponnesian war
A masterpiece of historical writing, Thucydides' account of the war fourth in the fifth century B.C. between the Athenian and Spartan alliances established a paradigm for the war monograph. The complete text appears here in a new and spirited translation by Walter Blanco. Jennifer Roberts's introduction and annotations provide vital background information.
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Causes of the WarThe Affair of Epidamnus
Congress of the Peloponnesian Confederacy
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