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The History of the Peloponnesian War Hardcover – January 9, 2005
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"A splendid old translation in a quality paperback format."--E.H. McKinley, Asbury College --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Original Language: Greek --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This particular edition of The History of the Peloponnesian is translated by Richard Crawley. Crawley's translation is a master work. The language flows easily and fluidly. It's easy to comprehend and a joy to read. It's a modern translation so no Victorian words to stump you. You can really jump right in and read without any problem. One problem with this translation, as with most translations, is that it does not contain enough maps. Thucydides meticulously details and records each location that major or minor events took place. It's extremely necessary to have maps of these locations in order to understand their strategic significance, not only their military significance, but also what these places mean for the people who are fighting over it. It would be like studying the Nazi invasion of Russia without knowing the where Russia is, what its geographical layout looks like, and what kind of climate it has. Richard Crawley is also the translator for the "Landmark Thucydides" which is two times more expensive than this edition. That particular edition contains extensive notes and maps that will make non-experts have a true experience of Thucydides.Read more ›
* Anyone who wants to understand how free societies can descend into tyranny:
* Anyone who does not realise that merely holding free elections is not enough to preserve a society worth living in, especially if you don't combine democracy with the rule of law:
* Anyone who needs to understand how two or more nations can stumble into a war devastating to both:
* Anyone who imagines that genocide and ethnic cleansing were limited to our own era:
* Anyone interested in reading one of the first works of true history ever written.
In other words this history of a terrible war nearly two and half thousand years ago is as relevant in the first decade of the third millenium as it was when it was written, four centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ.
If I had to nominate one historical work for my son and daughter to read, I would think carefully between this volume, Suetonius's "The 12 Caesars", and Herodotus's "Histories", but Thucydides "History of the Poloponnesian war" would edge it.
You cannot take every word in this book for granted, but Herodotus and Thucydides came closer to an objective search for truth than any writer whose works survive and was writing before them or for centuries afterwards.
The story of the tragic wars, initially between Athens and Sparta, which decimated Greek civilisation between 431BC and 404 BC is absolutely gripping, and Thucydides brings the story to life for me.
The translation by Richard Crawley was written more than 130 years ago, and in some versions, slightly revised by R.C. Feetham in 1903. Despite being more than a century old, I found the translation to be accessible and easy to understand.Read more ›
P.S. I'm not flaming any one, but when I read the top review on this page, I was offended. The fact that they (he, she, it)condemned this book without basis, and most likely, without reading it, probably made someone decide not to read this masterpiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well worth the money paid--in excellent condition and matches other volumes from this publisher which I have in my library.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the book but I don't enjoy being forced to write reviews or having minimum requirement for word count in said reviews.Published 2 months ago by Ed
Product arrived on time, in excellent condition. Very satisfied.Published 8 months ago by L. Harrison
The price is unbeatable but the translation is pretty rough. Many sentences had to be reread to just sort out the awkward phraseology. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phillip C.
This classic did not disappoint me. It is well-written: clear and easy to read. It's very long (the war lasted 27 years! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joel Bergsman
Time is interesting, and the story of our time is simply a remake of the old.Published 13 months ago by Lawrence A Smith