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ISBN-13: 978-0192821911 ISBN-10: 0192821911 Edition: Tra

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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Tra edition (July 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192821911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192821911
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Hammond's] new translation of Thucydides is a triumph. Fluent yet sinewy, it responds brilliantly to the historian's challenging prose. It is both accurate and lucid. Indeed, its only possible flaw is that it can at times be rather more comprehensible than Thucydides himself! "-Journal of Classical Teaching


"A substantial work, but with wonderful readabilityand lightness of touch. The book is excellent value for money and the obvious choice for any reader of Thucydides."-The Anglo-Hellenic Review


"The most accurate and readable [translation] we now have." -ARION


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Martin Hammond has published translations of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
P. J. Rhodes is the author of numerous books and articles, including A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BC.

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Hammond has also done a great job with his (the best) prose translation of the Iliad.
Iron Man Jack
A good (though not perfect) translation with excellent notes, I applaud its conversion to Kindle format.
Jeffrey Rusten
When reading this you feel like you are reading the first history book(it's not Herodotus was first).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harold on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I will comment first about the book itself, and later about this edition.

Having somehow avoided reading this book until now (in my forties), it is an unbelievable, eye-opening book. What you realize is that there is very little that is new under the sun: the contemporary world with the US, its view of itself, its ideals, its hypocrisies; concepts like freedom and democracy; the Cold War, Balance of Power, superpowers, realpolitik; the importance of naval power in world affairs, finance in war, buffer states, and practically everything except nuclear weapons - all of these things can be seen in a war between Sparta and Athens that took place 2,500 years ago. You realize that the ancients were just as sophisticated as us moderns, and the same political and economic factors that give rise to imperialism and world wars existed even then.

Though Thucydides was an Athenian, he seems remarkably candid about the moral position of Athens. Sparta and Athens, having led the Greek cities in the life or death struggle against the Persian empire, became as a result confident, focused, and well organized states. Athens decided that the best way to defend against future invasions by the Persians would be to go on the offensive and reclaim the Greek colonies in the Aegean Sea and in Asia Minor. Athens became the leader of a confederacy of numerous city-states for this purpose, but in time bullied the others until everyone, including the Athenians themselves, had to acknowledge that they in fact acquired an empire. Sparta could not tolerate the growing Athenian power and therefore declared war on Athens. This war lasted 30 years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I once was in the U.S. Army. As part of our job we were always encouraged to study history to see how people thought and wars were executed. No war is ever the same so what we are reading to learn is the why. There is also how people responded to different tactics and strategies.

I found this easy to read as the translation made it appear like we were reading today's news. Not just the actins but the politics of the time. There are great descriptions of the time and place. The only thing that is missing is visual maps to put the places in perspective. Luckily you can get maps of the time off the net as a supplement.

I have a paperback edition which is easily navigated and you can place sticky notes in. I also have a kindle version which you can put book marks in. the problem with the kindle is the text-to-speech has a horrible time translating place and people names. The advantage of the kindle is it moves you forward so you do not doddle. I am contemplating a hard copy for the library and reverence.

There is enough detail that it may require a second reading after you have digested the first. I am also looking for some good books to tell me what I would have noticed in this book.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Barker on April 21, 2011
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This is a respected translation with an excellent commentary by P J Rhodes but it is very unsatisfactory in current e-format (April 2011) because all the section numbers have been eliminated and therefore the extensive notes are not tied to the text. Hard to believe that Oxford University Press allowed this to happen. Bush league production. Maybe we'll get a revised version some day soon.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Iron Man Jack on September 28, 2010
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We are very lucky to have a wealth of good translations of Thucydides. This is one of the best.

Hammond has also done a great job with his (the best) prose translation of the Iliad.
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By JLDDC on April 7, 2015
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My friend loved this for his Christmas present / Per request.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela Batista on May 18, 2013
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Bought it as a Xmas gift for my boyfriend and he told me he absolutely loves the book and falls asleep almost every night reading it, because he can't stop. The introduction is an invaluable asset.
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