The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians
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Thucydides' classic work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought. His narrative of the great war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC is now seen as a highly sophisticated study of the nature of political power itself: its exercise and effects, its agents and victims, and the arguments through which it is defended and deployed. It is therefore increasingly read as a text in politics, international relations and political theory, whose students will find in Thucydides many striking contemporary resonances. This edition seeks to present the author and the text in their proper historical context. The new translation is particularly sensitive to the risks of anachronism, and the notes and extensive reference material provide students with all the necessary historical, cultural and linguistic background they need to engage with the text on its own terms.Read more
- A new modern translation of a foundational text in Western political thought
- Extensive reference material – including comprehensive introduction, glossary and many maps – to explain the context and background of the work
- Major appendix of translated texts about Thucydides from the ancient world, including material which has never been translated until now
- Winner, New Republic Best Book of 2013
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"Altogether, this edition in a crowded field offers many unique annotations complementing its fresh and accurate translation."
Donald Lateiner, Ancient History BulletinSee more reviews
"… an extremely useful edition for its re-situation of Thucydides in his own context, especially for the large numbers of readers of Thucydides in disciplines outside the classics. It is no small achievement to convey in modern English the literary qualities of this most political of ancient historians."
Liz Sawyer, Oxonian Review
"…a fine addition to the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series … its excellent footnotes will make it a worthy [addition] to any reading list."
Benjamin Earley, The Classical Review
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- Date Published: September 2013
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781107330641
- contains: 30 maps
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
List of maps
Greek deities, heroes and mythological figures
Greek terms for distances, coinage and the calendar
The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians
Appendix 1. Notes on the Greek text: variations from the OCT
Appendix 2. Thucydides in the ancient world: a selection of texts
Bibliography and further reading
Synopsis of contents
Synopsis of speeches
Index of names
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