The Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides' Pessimism by Peter PounceyThe Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides' Pessimism by Peter Pouncey

The Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides' Pessimism

byPeter Pouncey

Paperback | March 12, 2013

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Peter Pouncey presents for us and for the gods the mind of Thucydides as an historian and writer. Pouncey gives us an amazing reading of Thucydides’ amazing reading of the confused experience of wartime events. He nails down for us Thucydides’ lasting lessons.

Pouncey’s Thucydides won the Lionel Trilling Prize.
PETER POUNCEY was born in Tsingtao, China. He spent his childhood mostly in English boarding schools, then Oxford University and training for the Jesuit priesthood. Sometime dean of Columbia College, he served as president of Amherst College for ten years. In The New York Review of Books, W.S. Merwin wrote that Pouncey’s novel, Rules f...
Title:The Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides' PessimismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6.55 × 0.56 inPublished:March 12, 2013Publisher:Sheep Meadow PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thucydides’ Own Experience of the War
Accuracy (akribeia) and the Pattern of Events: Methodology and Point of View
The Progress of Pessimism in Thucydides: The Sketch of an Argument
The Archaeology (1.1-23)
Collective Action to the Point of War
Alcibiades: A Patriot for Himself
Individuals in the Toils of War: Nicias and Phrynichus
Human Nature at War in Thucydides
Appendix: Human Nature in Hobbes
Select Bibliography