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The Peloponnesian War
"The greatest historian that ever lived." Such was Macaulay's assessment of Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) and his history of the Peloponnesian War, the momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta that l...asted for twenty-seven years from 431 to 404 BC, involved virtually the whole of the Greek world, and ended in the fall of Athens. A participant in the war himself, Thucydides brings to his history an awesome intellect, brilliant narrative, and penetrating analysis of the nature of power, as it affects both states and individuals. Of the prose writers of the ancient world, Thucydides has had more lasting influence on western thought than all but Plato and Aristotle. This new edition combines a masterly new translation by Martin Hammond with comprehensive supporting material, including summaries of individual Books; textual notes; a comprehensive analytical index; an appendix on weights, measures and distances, money, and calendars; ten maps; an up-to-date bibliography; and an illuminating introduction by P.J. Rhodes. Booknews Lucid line drawings and photos, 16 in fine color. Based on some 15 years of study and collection in both polar regions and most areas of the tropics and temperate zones. Detailed treatment is given on all known pelagic snails (aoubt 140 species) including: external anatomy, swimming and buoyancy mechanisms, escape and other behavioral responses, feeding and mating habits, reproduction and ontogeny, and evolutionary trends for each group. Reprint of the 1959 U. of Michigan edition of Thomas Hobbes' translation with David Grene's (committee of social thought, U. of Chicago) notes and new introduction. This transition has been considered the truest to the original Greek in capturing Thucydides' use of language in recreating the Athens-Sparta conflict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Peloponnesian War
Giving all due respect to Thucydides, Kagan (classics and history, Yale U.) decided that a new account was needed of the three-decade war between the Athenian Empire and the Spartan Alliance at the en...d of the fifth century BC that changed the Greek world and its civilization forever. He includes maps both of regions and of specific battles. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR The New York Times In his preface Kagan speaks of his intention to produce ''a readable narrative.'' One feature that makes it eminently readable is its division into short chapters, which facilitates reference and selection. It is also handsomely furnished with something essential to a history of this war: maps, over a score of them, all clearly printed and complete and situated just where you need them. It is the final element in the construction of what he aims at: ''a readable narrative in a single volume to be read by the general reader.'' — Bernard Knox
A History of My Times
History Of My Times -- Maps ; Aegean -- Asia Minor -- Northern Peloponnese & North West Greece -- Central Greece -- Area Of Isthmus & The Saronic Gulf -- Central & Southern Pelopannese -- Chalcidice. ...Xenophon ; Translated By Rex Warner ; With An Introd. And Notes By George Cawkwell. Includes Index. Bibliography: P. 47-48.
A War Like No Other: How the Athenians & Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
one Of Our Most Provocative Military Historians, Victor Davis Hanson Has Given Us Painstakingly Researched And Pathbreaking Accounts Of Wars Ranging From Classical Antiquity To The Twenty-first Centur...y. Now He Juxtaposes An Ancient Conflict With Our Most Urgent Modern Concerns To Create His Most Engrossing Work To Date, A War Like No Other.over The Course Of A Generation, The Hellenic City-states Of Athens And Sparta Fought A Bloody Conflict That Resulted In The Collapse Of Athens And The End Of Its Golden Age. Thucydides Wrote The Standard History Of The Peloponnesian War, Which Has Given Readers Throughout The Ages A Vivid And Authoritative Narrative. But Hanson Offers Readers Something New: A Complete Chronological Account That Reflects The Political Background Of The Time, The Strategic Thinking Of The Combatants, The Misery Of Battle In Multifaceted Theaters, And Important Insight Into How These Events Echo In The Present.hanson Compellingly Portrays The Ways Athens And Sparta Fought On Land And Sea, In City And Countryside, And Details Their Employment Of The Full Scope Of Conventional And Nonconventional Tactics, From Sieges To Targeted Assassinations, Torture, And Terrorism. He Also Assesses The Crucial Roles Played By Warriors Such As Pericles And Lysander, Artists, Among Them Aristophanes, And Thinkers Including Sophocles And Plato.hanson's Perceptive Analysis Of Events And Personalities Raises Many Thought-provoking Questions: Were Athens And Sparta Like America And Russia, Two Superpowers Battling To The Death? Is The Peloponnesian War Echoed In The Endless, Frustrating Conflicts Of Vietnam, Northern Ireland, And The Current Middle East? Or Was It More Like America's Own Civil War, A Brutal Rift That Rent The Fabric Of A Glorious Society, Or Even This Century's Red State-blue State Schism Between Liberals And Conservatives, A Cultural War That Manifestly Controls Military Policies? Hanson Daringly Brings The Facts To Life And Unearths The Often Surprising Ways In Which The Past Informs The Present.brilliantly Researched, Dynamically Written, a War Like No Other Is Like No Other History Of This Important War. the Washington Post - Tracy Lee Simmons a War Like No Other Can Be Read As An Elaborate Excursus On The Work Of Thucydides, Performed By Victor Davis Hanson, A Former Professor Of Classics Who Has Made Himself One Of Our Premier Military Historians. Hanson Might Fairly Be Accused Of Overproduction -- Still In His Prime, He Has Authored Or Co-authored 15 Other Books -- But This Study Demonstrates The Care Of An Avid, Meticulous Scholar Whose Learning Can Be Worn Lightly Because It's So Assured. He Has Also Become A Formidable Journalist In Recent Years, Which Has Prompted Him To Produce Prose That Is Starkly Appealing, Direct And Accessible To The Common, Curious Reader.
On Justice, Power and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War
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The Archidamian War
This Book, The Second Volume In Donald Kagan's Tetralogy About The Peloponnesian War, Is A Provocative And Tightly Argued History Of The First Ten Years Of The War. Taking A Chronological Approach Tha...t Allows Him To Present At Each Stage The Choices That Were Open To Both Sides In The Conflict, Kagan Focuses On Political, Economic, Diplomatic, And Military Developments. He Evaluates The Strategies Used By Both Sides And Reconsiders The Roles Played By Several Key Individuals.
The Persian War (Translations from Greek & Roman Authors)
Herodotus ; Translated By William Shepherd. Translation Of: Historiae. Includes Index.
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
The first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern schola...rship and on a careful reconsideration of the ancient texts. He focuses his study on the question: Was the war inevitable, or could it have been avoided? Kagan takes issue with Thucydides' view that the war was inevitable, that the rise of the Athenian Empire in a world with an existing rival power made a clash between the two a certainty. Asserting instead that the origin of the war "cannot, without serious distortion, be treated in isolation from the internal history of the states involved," Kagan traces the connections between domestic politics, constitutional organization, and foreign affairs. He further examines the evidence to see what decisions were made that led to war, at each point asking whether a different decision would have been possible.
The Greco-Persian Wars
This is a reissue, with a new introduction and an update to the bibliography, of the original edition, published in 1970 as The Year of Salamis in England and as Xerxes at Salamis in the U.S. The long... and bitter struggle between the great Persian Empire and the fledgling Greek states reached its high point with the extraordinary Greek victory at Salamis in 480 B.C. The astonishing sea battle banished forever the specter of Persian invasion and occupation. Peter Green brilliantly retells this historic moment, evoking the whole dramatic sweep of events that the Persian offensive set in motion. The massive Greek victory, despite the Greeks' inferior numbers, opened the way for the historic evolution of the Greek states in a climate of creativity, independence, and democracy, one that provided a model and an inspiration for centuries to come. Green's accounts of both Persian and Greek strategies are clear and persuasive; equally convincing are his everyday details regarding the lives of soldiers, statesmen, and ordinary citizens. He has first-hand knowledge of the land and sea he describes, as well as full command of original sources and modern scholarship. With a new foreword, The Greco-Persian Wars is a book that lovers of fine historical writing will greet with pleasure.
Thucydides: The Reinvention of History
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. The Barnes & Noble Review If there is a single must-read for students of history, politics, warfare, and international relations, it is Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, recounting the struggle between the empires of Athens and Sparta in the last three decades of the fifth century BCE. Its modern influence reached a peak -- and has remained there ever since -- in the second half of the 20th century, as exemplified by Admiral Stansfield Turner's placing it at the head of the reading list for officers at the U.S. Naval War College when he became its president in 1972. It has remained on all relevant reading lists since.