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

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. . . the selections go much deeper than the standard collection of the best-known speeches . . . in Woodruff’s work I see a clear thread going through important passages and making them accessible to the reader.--Alfonso Gómez-Lobo, Georgetown University

This text is a very readable, modern, American English translation. It remains true to the original Greek. The introductory materials are useful, sane, and meet the needs of a wide range of undergraduates. Maps are easy to read and very useful.--Marie T. Gingras, University of Colorado

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872201682
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 214,608
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Woodruff is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Bibliographical Notes
Maps
1 Early History and Method 1
a Thucydides' preface [i.1] 1
b The archaeology [i.2-20] 2
c On historical method [i.21-22] 12
2 Origins of the War 15
a Thucydides' explanation for the war [i.23] 15
b Debate at Sparta in 432 [i.66-88] 16
c Meeting of the Peloponnesian League in 431 [Summary of i.118-24] 30
d Pericles' war speech [i. 140-46] 31
e The war begins with an attack on Plataea [ii.1-8] 36
3 Pericles and the Plague 39
a The Funeral Oration of Pericles [ii.35-46] 39
b The plague: human nature laid bare by a natural disaster [ii.47-54] 46
c Military operations of 430 [ii.55-58] 51
d Pericles' last speech [ii. 59-64] 52
e Thucydides' judgment of Pericles [ii.65] 56
4 Justice and power: Plataea and Mytilene 59
a Further events of 430 [ii.66-70] 59
b The siege of Plataea [ii.71-78] 62
c The Mytilenean debate [iii. 37-51] 66
d The Plataean debate [iii.52-68] 76
5 Human Nature Laid Bare in Civil War 89
a The civil war in Corcyra [iii.81.2-85] 89
b The end of the Corcyrean insurgents [iv.47.3-48] 94
6 Justice and Power: Acanthus and Melos 97
a The Spartans at Acanthus [iv.84.2-87] 97
b Events leading to the Peace of Nicias [Summary] 100
c The Melian dialogue [v.84-116] 102
7 The Sicilian Expedition 111
a Sicilian antiquities, [Summary of vi.2-6] 111
b Debate at Athens [vi.8-26] 112
c Launching the expedition [Summary of vi.27-105] 123
d Defeat of the expedition [vii.1-viii.1, Summary and Translation] 129
8 Aftermath of the Sicilian Expedition [Summary] 155
Dates 161
Glossary 163
Index 171
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