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

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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.

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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: 236,870
  • 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

Bibliographical Notes
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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