Thucydides: The Reinvention of History

Thucydides: The Reinvention of History

by Donald Kagan




The bestselling author of The Peloponnesian War examines Thucydides as the first modern historian.

Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognized as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now, Kagan-one of the most respected classical historians in the world-turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries, in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery, a moving tribute, and a revelatory meditation on the practice of history and its value in human affairs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143118299
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. His four-volume History of the Peloponnesian War is the leading scholarly work on the subject. He is also the author of many books on ancient and modern topics.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Thucydides the Revisionist 23

Chapter 2 Causes of the War-Corcyra 35

Chapter 3 Causes of the War-From Corcyra to the Megarian Decree 58

Chapter 4 The Strategy of Pericles 75

Chapter 5 Was Periclean Athens a Democracy? 98

Chapter 6 Cleon's Lucky Victory at Pylos 115

Chapter 7 Thucydides and Cleon at Amphipolis 140

Chapter 8 The Decision for a Sicilian Expedition 162

Chapter 9 Who Was Responsible for the Sicilian Disaster? 188

Conclusion 223

Notes 235

Index 247

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