The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

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Robert B. Strassler
Simon and Schuster, Sep 10, 1998 - History - 752 pages
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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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User Review  - Poquette - LibraryThing

The conventional attitude is that in ancient Greece, Athens and her allies were the good guys while Sparta and hers were the equivalent of the forces of evil. But this is a gross misrepresentation as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beholderess - LibraryThing

I have seen many reviews claiming that, although an accomplished historian, Thucydides is a dry writer. Thus I've started reading this book with some trepidation, expecting to be bored out of my mind ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

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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