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Thucydides: The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians
     

Thucydides: The War of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians

by Thucydides
 

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Thucydides' classic work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought. His narrative of the great war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC is now seen as a highly sophisticated study of the nature of political power itself: its exercise and effects, its agents and victims, and the arguments through which it is defended and

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Thucydides' classic work is a foundational text in the history of Western political thought. His narrative of the great war between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century BC is now seen as a highly sophisticated study of the nature of political power itself: its exercise and effects, its agents and victims, and the arguments through which it is defended and deployed. It is therefore increasingly read as a text in politics, international relations and political theory, whose students will find in Thucydides many striking contemporary resonances. This edition seeks to present the author and the text in their proper historical context. The new translation is particularly sensitive to the risks of anachronism, and the notes and extensive reference material provide students with all the necessary historical, cultural and linguistic background they need to engage with the text on its own terms.

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From the Publisher
"Altogether, this edition in a crowded field offers many unique annotations complementing its fresh and accurate translation."
Donald Lateiner, Ancient History Bulletin

"… an extremely useful edition for its re-situation of Thucydides in his own context, especially for the large numbers of readers of Thucydides in disciplines outside the classics. It is no small achievement to convey in modern English the literary qualities of this most political of ancient historians."
Liz Sawyer, Oxonian Review

"…a fine addition to the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series … its excellent footnotes will make it a worthy [addition] to any reading list."
Benjamin Earley, The Classical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521612586
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2013
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
760
Sales rank:
315,670
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Mynott is Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has contributed to the Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought and Cambridge Reader in the History of Political Thought (both Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and is also the author of several publications in natural history and ornithology.

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