On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: Selections from History of the Peloponnesian War / Edition 1

On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: Selections from History of the Peloponnesian War / Edition 1

by Thucydides
     
 

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides’ political theory--famous as well as important but lesser-known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists. Newly translated into

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Overview

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides’ political theory--famous as well as important but lesser-known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists. Newly translated into spare, vigorous English, and situated within a connective narrative framework, Woodruff’s selections will be of special interest to instructors in political theory and Greek civilization. Includes maps, notes, glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872201682
Publisher:
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Hackett Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
58,513
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Bibliographical Notes
Maps
1Early History and Method1
aThucydides' preface [i.1]1
bThe archaeology [i.2-20]2
cOn historical method [i.21-22]12
2Origins of the War15
aThucydides' explanation for the war [i.23]15
bDebate at Sparta in 432 [i.66-88]16
cMeeting of the Peloponnesian League in 431 [Summary of i.118-24]30
dPericles' war speech [i. 140-46]31
eThe war begins with an attack on Plataea [ii.1-8]36
3Pericles and the Plague39
aThe Funeral Oration of Pericles [ii.35-46]39
bThe plague: human nature laid bare by a natural disaster [ii.47-54]46
cMilitary operations of 430 [ii.55-58]51
dPericles' last speech [ii. 59-64]52
eThucydides' judgment of Pericles [ii.65]56
4Justice and power: Plataea and Mytilene59
aFurther events of 430 [ii.66-70]59
bThe siege of Plataea [ii.71-78]62
cThe Mytilenean debate [iii. 37-51]66
dThe Plataean debate [iii.52-68]76
5Human Nature Laid Bare in Civil War89
aThe civil war in Corcyra [iii.81.2-85]89
bThe end of the Corcyrean insurgents [iv.47.3-48]94
6Justice and Power: Acanthus and Melos97
aThe Spartans at Acanthus [iv.84.2-87]97
bEvents leading to the Peace of Nicias [Summary]100
cThe Melian dialogue [v.84-116]102
7The Sicilian Expedition111
aSicilian antiquities, [Summary of vi.2-6]111
bDebate at Athens [vi.8-26]112
cLaunching the expedition [Summary of vi.27-105]123
dDefeat of the expedition [vii.1-viii.1, Summary and Translation]129
8Aftermath of the Sicilian Expedition [Summary]155
Dates161
Glossary163
Index171

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