A Commentary on Thucydides: Volume III: Books 5.25-8.109

Paperback | December 4, 2010

bySimon Hornblower

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This is the third and final volume (Vol. I 1991, Vol. II 1996) of am historical and literary commentary on the history of the first 20 years of the twenty-seven-year 'Peloponnesian War' (between the Athenians and Spartans and their respective allies) written by the great fifth-century BChistorian Thucydides. The present volume of commentary covers the ten closely-narrated years 421-411 BC, and nearly half of the total of eight 'books' (subdivisions) of Thucydides' work. It includes one of the most famous sections of ancient Greek literary writing, the lengthy and supremely dramaticaccount of the disastrous Athenian expedition against Sicily (415-413) in Books 6 and 7; but also the Melian Dialogue (Book 5), a notorious document of Athenian imperialism; and the account of the oligarchic revolution at Athens in 411 (Book 8). All Greek is translated. There is a thematic GeneralIntroduction and two Appendixes.

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This is the third and final volume (Vol. I 1991, Vol. II 1996) of am historical and literary commentary on the history of the first 20 years of the twenty-seven-year 'Peloponnesian War' (between the Athenians and Spartans and their respective allies) written by the great fifth-century BChistorian Thucydides. The present volume of comme...

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Grote Professor of Ancient History at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1128 pagesPublished:December 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199594457

ISBN - 13:9780199594450

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"No one will dispute the brilliance of the author; few, if any, would have contemplated such a task, or done it better ... H.'s commentary is of enormous value, and will very likely last as long a Gomme's commentary, if not longer, as a primary point of reference for any serious endeavour tounderstand individual Thucydidean passages, as well as in this volume offering a valuable methodological approach that will give continuing impetus to further analysis... for years to come, we will all turn to H. when we want to understand more about Thucydides, and much else besides." --Christopher Smith, The Classical Review