"The Archidamian War remains sober, judicious, and comprehensive. There is nothing else like it available in English—certainly nothing that takes all the modern scholarship into account. . . . But perhaps the most valuable achievement of the book is its carefully reasoned demolition of Thucydides's view—warmly embraced by too many scholars—that Pericles's war strategy was justifiable."—Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement
"A profound analysis of the relation of strategy to politics, a sympathetic but searching critique of Thucydides' masterpiece, and a trenchant assessment of the voluminous modern literature on the war."—Bernard Knox, The Atlantic Monthly (reviewing the four-volume series)
"The temptation to acclaim Kagan's four volumes as the foremost work of history produced in North America in the twentieth century is vivid. . . . Here is an achievement that not only honors the criteria of dispassion and of unstinting scruple which mark the best of modern historicism but honors its readers. To read Kagan's 'History of the Peloponnesian War' at the present hour is to be almost unbearably tested."—George Steiner, The New Yorker (reviewing the four-volume series)
Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University.
This second volume of a four-volume set on the Peloponnesian War can be read either as part of the overall history of the war or as a stand-alone history of the 10 years from 431... Read morePublished 12 days ago by S. Smith
Almost four decades after the original publication, this volume remains a foundational analytical work for any student of ancient Greece. Read morePublished 22 months ago by kj
One can quibble about Kagan's use of words, but one cannot deny that this is story-telling at its most epic level. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by E.J. Kaye