History of the Peloponnesian War

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Courier Corporation, Aug 25, 2017 - History - 432 pages
The entire Greek world plunged into three decades of bloodshed in 431 B.C., when the ongoing friction between Athens and Sparta exploded into war. Ten years into the struggle, the Athenian general Thucydides was dismissed for a military failure that led to a triumph for posterity: the former general retired to write an account of the war, resulting in one of the world's great history books.
Thucydides' chronicle of the disastrous 27-year conflict between the Greek city-states resonates with tales of heroism and villainy, deeds of courage and desperation, and the eternal folly of human nature. As an insightful amateur historian, he traces the war's roots to prior hostilities between Greece and Persia and examines the relative merits of the Athenian League and the Spartan alliance. Scrupulously impartial and accurate, Thucydides presents detailed, knowledgeable analyses of battles in addition to dialogues reflecting the political atmosphere. This ancient tale of the rise and fall of a democratic empire remains enduringly relevant to modern times.
 

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Contents

BOOK
1
Congress of the Peloponnesian Confederacy
28
From the end of the Persian to the beginning of
39
Second Congress at LacedaemonPreparations
50
BOOK II
67
Second Year of the WarThe Plague of AthensPosition
87
Third Year of the WarInvestment of Plataea
99
BOOK III
119
Seventh and Eighth Years of the WarEnd of Corcyraean
187
Eighth and Ninth Years of the WarInvasion of Boeotia
200
Feeling against Sparta in PeloponneseLeague of
240
Sixteenth Year of the WarThe Melian Conference
267
BOOK VI
275
Seventeenth Year of the WarParties at Syracuse
290
Nineteenth Year of the WarArrival of Demosthenes
344
BOOK VIII
369

Fifth Year of the WarTrial and Execution of
140
Sixth Year of the WarCampaigns of Demosthenes
155
BOOK IV
169
Twentyfirst Year of the WarRecall of Alcibiades
403
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In the course of the Peloponnesian War, Athenian general Thucydides was dismissed and banished for his delay in assisting the besieged city of Amphipolis. His military failure and disgrace ended in a triumph for posterity: the retired commander recorded a firsthand account of the events of the war, the first true historical narrative of Western literature.

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