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The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War Paperback – Sep 10 1998
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Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the great books in the Western tradition, as well as its first true historical narrative. Editor Robert Strassler has annotated this classic text to make it more accessible to modern readers and added dozens of maps for easy reference. A helpful introduction places Thucydides in proper historical context and a series of short appendices focus on particular aspects of life and war during the period. But the bulk of the book itself, where Thucydides chronicles the long struggle between Athens and Sparta, enjoys an unexpected freshness on these pages--partly due to Strassler's magnificent editorial labors, but mostly because it's a great story resonant with heroes, villains, bravery, desperation, and tragedy. Every library should have a copy of Thucydides in it, especially libraries on military history, and The Landmark Thucydides is without question the best version available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Strassler, an unaffiliated scholar of classical studies, has remedied many of the flaws of Richard Crawley's 1874 translation of The Peloponnesian War. He has added descriptive paragraph-by-paragraph synopses, topic headers on every page, numerous maps keyed to the adjoining text, explanatory footnotes, an extensive index, an excellent introduction by Victor Davis Hanson (California State Univ.), and 11 appendixes (by various scholars) on politics, warfare, and society in the Greece of the fifth century B.C.E. What the editor has done he has done well, creating a valuable basic reference for students of ancient history. His work has only two flaws: it lacks a substantial bibliography, having only a two-page "concise" one; and the price will put it out of reach of many institutions. For academic libraries and others with large history collections.?James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As for the book itself. The further along you get, the more you are drawn into it. It really has the aura of an eye witness account. But somehow Thucydides manages to go beyond mere history and trancend the story into a classic Greek drama, the rise and fall of Athens. By the time the Athean fleet sails for Sicily I realised his very factual style of writing had turned an historic event of over two thousand years ago into harsh everyday reality. Here's a man struggling with depicting a war he was part of, with losses that he himself felt, with the downfall of a country that was his.
After reading it, I read Livius. The difference to me is stunning. Whereas Livius writes from a very chauvinistic Roman viewpoint, Thucydides actually tried to write a factual account. Even more stunning that Livius didn't manage objectivity with events hundreds of years ago and Thucydides did with events in his own lifetime.
Read it as you would read a newspaper.
Recently, I've often seen the book misquoted and its authority misused, suggesting that few people actually read it.
Do yourselves a favour, buy it, put it on your bookshelves and for God's sake, read it.
By the end of the book it leaves you with a wealth of information that leaves you craving more, and in so doing, prompting you to go out and find other works, by both ancient and contemporary writers about this fascinating period of western civilization.
I owe a great debt to the compilers of this edition, not the least of which Thucydides' himself, for at least in regards myself, taking a spark of knowledge and appreciation of this wonderfully fascinating time, and turning it into a full blown firestorm of inquiry and excitment.
This is an excellent book and an excellent edition!
This is a very handy edition of Thucydides due to the great variety and good quality of the supporting materials.Read more ›
If you sink yourself into it, even the small battles become exciting, and the speeches are amazing for their profundity and timelessness.
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A + series, these books are gems.
Have various versions of Thucydides, Herodotus, Arrian, Xenophon.
I am a student of the Classics, especially Hammond.
Really recommend if for Uni- side explanations make this read a little less challenging.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The maps and margin notes make understanding this rather complex history much easier - this is a benefit for those approaching classical history or Greek politics for the first... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2014 by Tim Gordon
]I need not comment on the inherent importance nor quality of Thucydides' work. I just noted that no one has commented on the influence of this work on Albert Camus and Jean-Paul... Read morePublished on April 27 2010 by Johnny Darkness
I have to say this is a fantastic presentation of Thucydides although I have not read him in the original Greek and therefore am not qualified to pass judgement on the translation. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by James H. McDuffie
This edition of Thucydides is the right source to begin a study of the Peloponnesian War. The appendices and margin notes, and the multitude of maps, conveniently located in the... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003
I read this edition along with the Hobbes translation (Green, ed.) and despite having read through Thucydides several times before, Thucydides, despite claiming to write a... Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by James Liu
The Classic Greeks created intellectual and cultural innovations in human associations that have had lasting impact on human society. Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by Frank T. Manheim