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Thucydides and Internal War

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This book explains in detail Thucydides' abstract model of internal war, and then shows how, by the terms of the model itself, Thucydides perceived and narrated the Peloponnesian War not as a conventional war but as an internal conflict. Viewing the great war as a destructive internal conflict had profound consequences for Thucydides' understanding of this particular war and all wars in general, and of Greece as a whole.

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"I highly recommend this book, which is extremely well produced...and includes a useful bibliography and indices. The analysis is first-rate." James V. Morrison, Centre College

"The book is well written; there is a long bibliography. For research libraries." Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521780186
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 424
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. The Model of Stasis: 1. Beyond Corcyra; Part II. Logoi: 2. The transvaluation of words; 3. Hellenic states redefine the community of Hellas; 4. The failure of communication; Part III. Erga: 5. The 'greatest kinesis'; 6. The Peloponnesian war and stasis; Part IV. Thucydides and Hellas: 7. The archaeology, the Pentekontaetia and the Persians; List of works cited; General index; Index locorum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    The most sensible reading of Thucydides available.

    Most commentaries of Thucydides are scholarly and some of these tedious, even pedantic. This scholar has written a thoroughly readable text, which is scholarly, without tedium and certainly without pedantry and the usual accompanying insolence. It does not attempt a summary of the History, but rather selects what could be considered the core of Thucydides' subject, internal war, or stasis. Prof. Price allows this to resonate through one's own reading of Thucydides' great historical work. While much of Price's thinking can also be found in a short article by Leo Strauss entitled "Thucydides: The Meaning of Political History" found in a book "Classical Political Rationalism", which is not cited, this text, more than that article, allows an attentive thoughtful reader immediate access to Thucydides' work.

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