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A New History of the Peloponnesian War
     

A New History of the Peloponnesian War

by Wiley
 

This new study by a respected historian provides a unique narrative of the Peloponnesian War, a monumental conflict between Athens and Sparta that raged for 27 years across the Greek world. The conflict's resulting destruction of cities, mass enslavements, and loss of human life - in short, the horrors of war - bears striking resemblance to the violence of modern

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This new study by a respected historian provides a unique narrative of the Peloponnesian War, a monumental conflict between Athens and Sparta that raged for 27 years across the Greek world. The conflict's resulting destruction of cities, mass enslavements, and loss of human life - in short, the horrors of war - bears striking resemblance to the violence of modern war from the Western front to Vietnam. Despite these common factors, little attention has been paid to the contemporary nature of the Peloponnesian War and its impact on the society and culture of the time.

Incorporating an original interpretation of how and why the war developed, and a perceptive analysis of its conduct, Tritle weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes and other dramatists to illustrate how war affected the average Athenian. He discusses the toll taken by the violence on both the individual and society in light of modern understanding of war's brutality. He also relates how, in spite of the ongoing violence, Athens witnessed a blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement: the wartime dramas of Euripides and Sophocles, and the moral-ethical reflections of Socrates - a veteran soldier whose message dramatically reshaped Greek - and western - thought.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Tritle's overall aim is to make the content and context of the Peloponnesian War more accessible to those unfamiliar with classics, and on the whole I believe he succeeds. His tone throughout is quite relaxed...but for those unfamiliar with classical Greek history and/or the Peloponnesian war Tritle's book is a good starting place." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, December 2010)

"Recommended. Undergraduate libraries and above". (Choice, 1 November 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405122511
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/30/2009
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
1,031,500
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“An insightful, highly readable history of the first all-out war in western history. Tritle knows Greek history and he knows what war does to soldiers and civilians alike.”
Tom Palaima, University of Texas at Austin

“Not another paraphrase of Thucydides, Tritle's sensitive new history of the great war between Athens and Sparta marshals the literary and material evidence to explore the human and societal experience, showing once again that military history extends far beyond the battlefield.”
Waldemar Heckel, University of Calgary

“Swift narrative, mastery of modern scholarship, and unusual integration of classical literature. Like his great source Thucydides, the author was a soldier, and the terrible brutality of war is immanent.”
Mortimer Chambers, UCLA

“By helping us understand broadly and deeply the human and social dimension of this war, Tritle’s book brilliantly justifies its ambitious title of a ‘new history’ of an often-treated old war.”
Kurt A. Raaflaub, Brown University

Meet the Author

Lawrence A. Tritle is Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has previously taught at Loyola University, Chicago and UCLA as visiting Professor of History. He is the author or editor of eight books on Greek history, including Phocion the Good (1988) and From Melos to My Lai (2000), as well as numerous articles on various aspects of the ancient world. He has served on the editorial board of the Ancient History Bulletin (1996 – 2003) and as president of the International Plutarch Society (1997-1999).

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