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[[ Reading ]] ➶ Ἱστορίαι Author Thucydides – Webpolitics.us

ἹστορίαιWritten 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.

[[ Reading ]] ➶ Ἱστορίαι Author Thucydides – Webpolitics.us
  • Paperback
  • 900 pages
  • Ἱστορίαι
  • Thucydides
  • French
  • 19 August 2018
  • 9782070400683

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  1. says:

    Towards the end of this book I had a flashback of watching an episode of Mastermind in the 80s, the contestant had chosen the Spartan military as their specialist subject was asked being asked by Magnus Magnusson, the Icelandic Viking who swooped down from the north to Britain as a child to become a TV quiz host, why the Spartans had stopped their campaign on one particular occasion and gone home The correct answer was that this was in response to an earthquake Judging by Thucydides history that could have been a lucky guess The best way to maintain a reputation as fierce some warriors is not to ...


  2. says:

    Favorite quote The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest, but if it is judged worthy by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the understanding of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it...


  3. says:

    If you ever wanted to tackle Thucydides, this is the way to do it It s beautifully laid out, with helpful maps and other material The reading experience is profoundly moving, not really for the style but for the sheer weight of human folly on display This s...


  4. says:

    I first read Thucydides in college, using Rex Warner s translation in the Penguin edition As a frosh with little background in ancient history and political science, I didn t have the proper perspective to realize Th s critical place in western historiography and political thought As a junior, I re read Th., this time in a course on ancient historians At that point, having had modest exposure to Hobbes, Machiavelli, Burke, Clausewitz and the like, I was better equipped to appreciate Th s method particularly his analyses in the vein of what we d call realism today Last year I tackled Th again, this time in Strassler s amazing Landmark edition, and I am grateful that it was available for my third go at probably the most difficult classical author I ve run into I won t go into details on Th himself I m not a historian and anything I say expounding on how great he was, etc will of course come off as amateurish and pointless I will go into how much I admire the product of Strassler s labor of love he s an unaffiliated scholar in producing the Landmark edition First of all, the translation is refreshingly readable and doesn t have the relative stuffiness of an early 20th century Oxbridge rendering which, er, I actually rather enjoy every now and then Second, the marginal timelines, the extensive but not suffocating footnotes, and maps all carefully placed next to the relevant narrat...


  5. says:

    What I love about the best ancient Greek literature is how startlingly modern it could be This is particularly true of Euripides whom I regard as a 21st century dramatist and The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides The accounts of the Corcycran revolution, the so called Melian Dialogue in which Athens shows itself to be somewhat less enlightened than reputed , and the utter disaster of the Sicilian Expedition can just as easily be taking place now in remote parts of the world.The Peloponnesian War even had its own Neocon in Alcibiades He was largely responsible for Athens undertaking the Sicilian Expedition, only to be called back by the Athenian leadership for sacrilege Thereupon, he made his escape at Thurii, went over to the Spartans, where he gave them excellent advice in combating the Athenians Then, when the Spartans began to suspect him, he went over to Tissaphernes, the Persian Governor of Asia Minor Later still, he returned to At...


  6. says:

    , , , 5 homo universalis


  7. says:

    If you are going to read Thucydides, the Landmark version is the best place to start I read this after I became a fan of Strassler s The Landmark Herodotus The Histories For me, there is not much better than Thucydides speeches The Funeral Oration of Pericles , Diodotus to the Athenian Ecclesia , Demosthenes to his troops at Pylos Nicias before the last sea fight are all some of the most interesting, moving and inspiring speeches and harangues EVER written Thucydides HOPW Landmark edition is filled with enough maps, appendices, marginal notes and summaries that Strassler well girds the modern student of the Peloponnesian war for the challenge that ...


  8. says:

    Courage in the face of reality ultimately distinguishes such natures as Thucydides and Plato Plato is a coward in the face of reality consequently he flees into the ideal Thucydides has himself under control consequently he retains control over things. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols


  9. says:

    Probably 4.5 stars due to Thucydides dry narrative but an awesome read Political stupidity has not changed.


  10. says:

    3.5 starsFinally I could finish reading this book after many intervals of being content with what I knew, I didn t claim I enjoyed all of eight book Thucydides s account Compared to the other history classic of similar stature, Herodotus s The Histories translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, I think, is enjoyable and impressive regarding the world as viewed by the Greek historian in the fifth century B.C Contrastively in a smaller scale, Thucydides has ambitiously depicted the twenty seven year conflicts between Athens and Sparta with innumerable sieges, commanders, strategies and so on till we simply can t help getting confused, praying when each book would ever end.The reason why I decided to read it is that many years ago I read some excerpts of Pericles funeral oration somewhere and longed to read it in full Definitely one of the greatest orators in history, he has since impressed posterity to the extent that few can surpass him as we read from his 7.5 page oration nos 35 46 It s a bit lengthy, I think, for those who would read him for the first time therefore, the following three extracts should suffice in the meantime.First, his opening statement Many of those who have spoken here in the past have praised the institution of this speech at the close of our ceremony It seemed to them a mark of honour to our soldiers who have fallen in war that a speech should be made over them I do not agree These me...

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