The Peloponnesian War

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"The greatest historian that ever lived." Such was Macaulay's assessment of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his history of the Peloponnesian War, the momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta that lasted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, involved virtually the whole of the Greek world, and ended in the fall of Athens. A participant in the war himself, Thucydides brings to his history an awesome intellect, brilliant narrative, and penetrating analysis of the nature of power, as it affects both states and individuals. Of the prose writers of the ancient world, Thucydides has had more lasting influence on western thought than all but Plato and Aristotle. This new edition combines a masterly new translation by Martin Hammond with comprehensive supporting material, including summaries of individual Books; textual notes; a comprehensive analytical index; an appendix on weights, measures and distances, money, and calendars; ten maps; an up-to-date bibliography; and an illuminating introduction by P.J. Rhodes.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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

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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192821911
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 635,783
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.50 (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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  • 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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