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 ...
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The Peloponnesian War

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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: 9780191605000
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/11/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,158,278
  • File size: 7 MB

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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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Thucydides on snails

    At last! I've been searching for an edition of Thucydides that contains the famous lost final chapters that deal with the role of snails in the Peloponnesian War. Many scholars have speculated on the role that giant snails played in the disastrous battle of the Syracuse Harbor. I am glad that this new edition restores the work to its full glory. I look forward to new editions of Aristotle's lost manual on barbecuing, and perhaps Homer's sequel to the Odyssey, Circe the Vampire Queen.

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