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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thucydides Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such a triumph of intellectual accomplishment was created at the end of the fifth century B.C. in Greece is, perhaps, not so surprising, given the number of original geniuses we find in that period. But that such an historical work would also be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history. For in the pages of Thucydides we find examples of every ethical and political problem ever faced by democratic governments in the last 2,400 years. And it was all organized and written with a breathtaking skill and dramatic intensity which have never been equalled.

Thucydides was an Athenian noble born around 455 B.C. whose antecedents could be traced back to the great Peisitratus and Cimon. In 424 B.C., Thucydides was in command of naval forces attempting to defend Amphipolis in Thrace. Although unsuccessful through no fault of his own, his enemies in Athens blamed him for failure and engineered his exile. It was a fortunate event, for it was upon this accident of history that Thucydides gained the opportunity to become the chronicler of events in Greece. In complete contrast to the furious passions which raged around him, he described events with a cool detachment and an absolute impartiality that is little short of miraculous. He is believed to have died violently, perhaps while writing, in about 400 B.C. His manuscript simply breaks off in mid paragraph.

The Peloponnesian War is organized into eight parts (books). This recording uses the highly esteemed translation of Benjamin Jowett. There are several essays preceding and following the work.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie Graves | 2/19/2014

    " I read this a million years ago, in school. Re-read it not all that long ago. Even though the events took place many centuries ago, the story is still riviting. Warfare, the reasons nations go to war, and the effect war has, have not changed in the history of mankind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth Sepulveda | 2/14/2014

    " Liked the speeches. Good read for ancient history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alise Scheeler | 2/13/2014

    " If I could take a time machine back to ancient Greece and I could only do one thing, it would be to punch Thucydides in his face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/2/2014

    " A great story of why manknind goes to war and doesn' t know how not to go to war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/30/2014

    " The History of the Peloponnesian War is one of a handful of books that I am grateful to my education for knowing about. It takes place after the Persian Wars, which many may now be familiar with after watching 300. Soon after the Greeks defeat the Persians, Athens and Sparta become political enemies. Before too long, the entire Balkan Peninsula is swept into a war between sides, and this book is the chronicle of that war. There is so much in this book. Massacres, speeches, plagues, sieges, sorties, rallies, hoplites, triremes, naval battles, victory markers... You can't do much better with history than this read. And if you can, I wish someone would tell me about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/20/2014

    " Packed with information on the Early history of the developing world but Thucydides lays it out in the beginning, it's not a fun read. It's not going to be a book with excitement and entertainment. It's simply "just the facts". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esteban Gordon | 1/16/2014

    " Classic, yes. A bit dry, yes. Lacking the humor and bombast of Herodotus, yes. Fascinating nonetheless, yes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RandomAnthony | 1/12/2014

    " Nothing short of amazing. I still page through this text every now and then, and I'll probably go with a full-on re-read this summer. Strassler's maps, commentary, etc. match Thucydides perfectly. A monumental achievement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 1/9/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Snow | 1/8/2014

    " Reading Thucydides is like reading the Bible or Shakespeare, you read it over and over again, it is a task never to be completed. You glean something new each time and if you are wise apply it to journey through life... So, I keep it on the nightstand close to my Bible and Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 12/16/2013

    " Outstanding soap opera! Great example of why you don't always go to war to help yourself--sometimes your alliances force you into it. Also,...GO SPARTANS! (I'm an MSU grad.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mischke | 12/7/2013

    " Read at St. John's College Graduate Institute "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/11/2013

    " Thucydides seems to me to be a much more trustworthy and readable historian than Herodotus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danika | 8/19/2013

    " really dry, rather boring. the subject matter is ridiculously interesting yet thucycides managed to put me to sleep almost every time i picked it up. but then again, it is THE source for what went on in the war so it's worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis Salas | 7/29/2013

    " Thucydides is spectacular and sinister; I would one day like to sit down with him, Tacitus, and Sallust for a weekend of insinuation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Antonio Canganelli | 7/10/2013

    " I learned many interesting facts about early Greek, Sicilian, and Italian history and place names which I had not previously discovered in my earlier readings on any of these subjects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/2/2013

    " Had to read this one for a class, but loved it anyway. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 An | 3/8/2013

    " Very interesting history - with a mythic storytelling feel. Lies somewhere between Homer and Bulfinch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/12/2013

    " This is a good candidate for being the greatest book ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lyell bark | 12/31/2012

    " do want to read about dead people arguing about boats? do you want to learn cutting edge siege technology from 400 bc? then this book is for you "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Rufo | 10/13/2012

    " And this is about where I petered out in attempts to read the Great Books list. War has never been my thing, but if it were I would commend Thucydides on his painful attention to detail, his summary and his ability to list single names in large, long, run-on paragraphs. "

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Author Thucydides

Thucydides (460–400 BCE) was an Athenian general of Thracian decent. After failing to prevent the surrender of the city of Amphipolis to the Spartan commander Brasidas during the Peloponnesian War, he was exiled, when he began compiling his history of the war. He is generally acclaimed as the creator of scholarly history as we know it today.