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Thucydides (c. 460 BC–400 BC) was a general who was exiled for his failure to defend the Greek city of Amphipolis in Thrace. During his exile, he began compiling histories and accounts of the war from various participants.
Rex Warner was a Professor of the University of Connecticut from 1964 until his retirement in He was born in 1905 and went to Wadham College, Oxford, where he gained a "first" in Classical Moderations, and took a degree in English Literature. He taught in Egypt and England, and was Director of the British Institute, Athens, from 1945 to 1947. He has written poems, novels and critical essays, has worked on films and broadcasting, and has translated many works, of which Xenophon’s History of My Time and The Persian Expedition, Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War, and Plutarch’s Lives (under the title Fall of the Roman Republic) and Moral Essays have been published in Penguin Classics.
M. I. Finley was a professor of ancient history and master of Darwin College, Cambridge. He died in 1986.
I will spare a full-blown review. But if you have the extra money or could easily afford it, I would recommend the newer more expensive edition of this book with the introduction... Read morePublished on June 25 2004
I had a Greek teacher who loved Herodotus, and did not love Thucydides. The consequences where not, perhaps, what you might expect. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Buce
Thucydides' attention to detail is easily palpable and at times becomes numbing to the reader who is not familiar with the myriad of hellenic city states and peoples who come and... Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003
By fortune, for me, Thucydides came first in college...followed not long after by David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003
Before I am pilloried as a heathen and burned in effigy as a barbarian, let me begin by saying yes, I recognize the importance of this book - historical objectivity and attributing... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by doc peterson
Thucydides is one of the great historians of antiquity. He offers a first hand account of the terrible Peloponnesian war that plagued Greece for over thirty-years. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by Matthew P. Arsenault
This was a very interesting and easy book to read concerning this ancient 30-year Greek civil war that was so devastating to the whole of Hellas. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2002 by Bunny Bear
Thucydides, half a generation after the "father of history" Herodotus, is an amazing, analytical, concise (though side tracking) trip through one of the most interesting... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2001
Thucydides fought in the Peloponnesian War and probably attended some of the parliamentary debates in Athens which he so faithfully chronicles. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001 by Matherson