The Peloponnesian War

Paperback | July 15, 2009

EditorThucydidesTranslated byMartin HammondbyP. J. Rhodes

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'The greatest historian that ever lived'Such was Macaulay's verdict on Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his history of the Peloponnesian War, the momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta as rival powers and political systems that lasted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, involved virtually the whole of the Greek world, and endedin the fall of Athens. Thucydides himself was a participant in the war; to his history he brings an awesome intellect, brilliant narrative, and penetrating analysis of the nature of power, as it affects both states and individuals.Of his own work Thucydides wrote: 'I shall be content if [my history] is judged useful by those who will want to have a clear understanding of what happened - and, such is the human condition, will happen again ... It was composed as a permanent legacy, not a showpiece for a single hearing.' So ithas proved. Of the prose writers of Greece and Rome Thucydides has had more lasting influence on western thought than all but Plato and Aristotle. This new edition combines a masterly translation with comprehensive supporting material.

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'The greatest historian that ever lived'Such was Macaulay's verdict on Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his history of the Peloponnesian War, the momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta as rival powers and political systems that lasted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, involved virtually the whole of the Greek world, and en...

Martin Hammond taught Classics at St Paul's School and Harrow School before being appointed Head of Classics at Eton in 1974, and subsequently Master in College. He was Headmaster of the City of London School from 1984-90, and Tonbridge School from 1990-2005. He has published translations of the Iliad (Penguin, 1987), the Odyssey (D...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.06 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great translation of a classic Thucydides wrote his history of the Peoloponnesian War over 2400 years ago, and this translation ensures that his work continues to speak to readers today. Through his exploration of the war thought between the Athenian Empire against Sparta and its allies, Thucydides offers profound insights into the human condition in times of war. Thucydides shows the grim reality of war, the mistakes and errors of judgment, as well as harrowing monuments when we are shown a debate that leads to the Athenian Assembly voting to decide if they would commit an act of genocide against an enemy. Thucydides does a wonderful job of showing what war can do to people, and alas his work continues to remain relevant.
Date published: 2016-11-15