Peloponnesian War / Edition 1

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Overview

The Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.E.) was the greatest "disturbance" in Greek history to that time. The bitter rivalry between the two chief city-states, Athens and Sparta, and their respective allies ended with the ruin of Athens' naval hegemony and what the Greek historian Thucydides (ca. 460-400 B.C.E.) called a "convulsion" affecting all humankind. With the detachment of a clinician and the dramatic skill of a poet, Thucydides recreates the often savage events of the war and brings to life its chief protagonists: Pericles, Nicias, Cleon, Alcibiades, and others. The first of the "scientific" historians, Thucydides makes use of documentary material and relies on eyewitness accounts; even where direct documentary evidence is lacking, his keen understanding of human nature helps him to uncover the truth of what actually happened. The loftiness of its ideals, its painstaking research, and its beauty of expression have made the History of the Peloponnesian War a work that is in the author's own words, "a possession for all time."
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Lucid line drawings and photos, 16 in fine color. Based on some 15 years of study and collection in both polar regions and most areas of the tropics and temperate zones. Detailed treatment is given on all known pelagic snails (aoubt 140 species) including: external anatomy, swimming and buoyancy mechanisms, escape and other behavioral responses, feeding and mating habits, reproduction and ontogeny, and evolutionary trends for each group. Reprint of the 1959 U. of Michigan edition of Thomas Hobbes' translation with David Grene's (committee of social thought, U. of Chicago) notes and new introduction. This transition has been considered the truest to the original Greek in capturing Thucydides' use of language in recreating the Athens-Sparta conflict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"[Hammond's] new translation of Thucydides is a triumph. Fluent yet sinewy, it responds brilliantly to the historian's challenging prose. It is both accurate and lucid. Indeed, its only possible flaw is that it can at times be rather more comprehensible than Thucydides himself! "-Journal of Classical Teaching

"A substantial work, but with wonderful readabilityand lightness of touch. The book is excellent value for money and the obvious choice for any reader of Thucydides."-The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"The most accurate and readable [translation] we now have." -ARION

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780075543725
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 5/1/1982
  • Series: Modern Library College Editions Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Hammond has published translations of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
P. J. Rhodes is the author of numerous books and articles, including A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BC.

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Table of Contents

List of maps; Preface; Introduction; Commentary; Appendix; Bibliography; Addenda; Indexes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Not for publication

    Just trying to give some feedback: (1) your site inaccurately says that Lattimore's translation of Thucydides' "Peloponnesian War" includes only Book II of that work. No, it's the whole work, & you're doubtless losing some customers who want the whole work. Also, and this kind of thing happens on lots of pages in your site, some of the information at the bottom is referring to another edition, in this case the Norton Critical Edition (Hobbes translation). I wish you would pass along to the Powers That Be how misleading & unnecessary that kind of sloppiness is. But in any event, I hope you'll quit telling everyone that Lattimore's Thucydides is abridged!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Three Cheers for Andy Lowry

    I agree whole-heartedly with Mr. Lowry, who is the first person I have noticed who has complained (and rightly so -- and it's about time) about your exasperating policy of confusingly providing comments from critics and reviewers for editions other than the edition under which they are printed. That policy does the precise opposite of what it is supposed to do -- that is, to aid the potential purchaser in selecting an edition he or she wants. It not only fails to aid the purchaser; it obfuscates the information intended to be enlightening. Please, please change that policy so that your purchasers' decisions may be made more easy instead of more difficult.

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    Why on earth would a listing of snails help me buy this book? Who reviews this stuff?

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