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Thucydides’ classic chronicle of the war between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 BCE persists as one of the most brilliant histories of all time. As one who actually participated in the conflict, Thucydides recognized the effect it would have on the history of Greece above all other wars. With a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance, he compiled an exhaustively factual record of the disaster that eventually ended the Athenian empire.

Conflicts between Athens and Sparta over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 BCE, when the entire Greek world was plunged into twenty-seven years of war. This watershed event concerns not only military prowess but also perennial conflicts between might and right, imperial powers and subject peoples. Extraordinary writing, scrupulous methods, and keen political insight make this account a joy to read.

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  • “The most politic historiographer that ever writ.”

    Thomas Hobbes

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcus | 2/20/2014

    " This book has everything: maps, glossaries, etc. Makes Thucydides much more accessible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eddy Allen | 2/18/2014

    " Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/18/2014

    " Love Thucydides not only for the fact that everyone made great speeches before the big battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brad | 2/8/2014

    " The political speeches of the advocates for war sound incredibly contemporary in light of recent US aggression. "

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