Strassler, an unaffiliated scholar of classical studies, has remedied many of the flaws of Richard Crawley's 1874 translation of The Peloponnesian War. He has added descriptive paragraph-by-paragraph synopses, topic headers on every page, numerous maps keyed to the adjoining text, explanatory footnotes, an extensive index, an excellent introduction by Victor Davis Hanson (California State Univ.), and 11 appendixes (by various scholars) on politics, warfare, and society in the Greece of the fifth century B.C.E. What the editor has done he has done well, creating a valuable basic reference for students of ancient history. His work has only two flaws: it lacks a substantial bibliography, having only a two-page "concise" one; and the price will put it out of reach of many institutions. For academic libraries and others with large history collections.James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
Contains a revised, more readable version of the highly regarded
Richard Crawley translation; 100 detailed maps; marginal notes and an
extensive encyclopedic index, including cross-referenced
biographical, subject, and geographical entries. The addition of new
supportive material makes this work more accessible to the general
reader, provides new coherence to the overall narrative, and
effectively reconstructs the lost cultural context that Thucydides
shared with his original audience.
Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
David Denby Los Angeles Times A magnificent edition of the great historian's The Peloponnesian War.
Donald Kagan author of On the Origins of War and Pericles of Athens This is the best book with which to start study of Thueydides and the Peloponnesian War.
Paul A. Rahne The Washington Times Without question, this is the finest edition of Thueydides history ever produced; It is a treasure.
The Boston Globe Thoroughly readable....Anyone interested in the culture of conflict political as well as military, contemporary as well as ancient can learn much from this durable work.