- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Touchstone ed. edition (September 10, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684827905
- ISBN-13: 978-0684827902
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War Touchstone ed. Edition
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Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the great books in the Western tradition, as well as its first true historical narrative. Editor Robert Strassler has annotated this classic text to make it more accessible to modern readers and added dozens of maps for easy reference. A helpful introduction places Thucydides in proper historical context and a series of short appendices focus on particular aspects of life and war during the period. But the bulk of the book itself, where Thucydides chronicles the long struggle between Athens and Sparta, enjoys an unexpected freshness on these pages--partly due to Strassler's magnificent editorial labors, but mostly because it's a great story resonant with heroes, villains, bravery, desperation, and tragedy. Every library should have a copy of Thucydides in it, especially libraries on military history, and The Landmark Thucydides is without question the best version available. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Strassler, an unaffiliated scholar of classical studies, has remedied many of the flaws of Richard Crawley's 1874 translation of The Peloponnesian War. He has added descriptive paragraph-by-paragraph synopses, topic headers on every page, numerous maps keyed to the adjoining text, explanatory footnotes, an extensive index, an excellent introduction by Victor Davis Hanson (California State Univ.), and 11 appendixes (by various scholars) on politics, warfare, and society in the Greece of the fifth century B.C.E. What the editor has done he has done well, creating a valuable basic reference for students of ancient history. His work has only two flaws: it lacks a substantial bibliography, having only a two-page "concise" one; and the price will put it out of reach of many institutions. For academic libraries and others with large history collections.?James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you want to take the big leap and take on Thucydides, the Landmark Edition is a must. While not as strong as Kagan, the introduction and scholar essays are first class and go a long way to making Thucydides approachable to the modern reader. However, what takes The Landmark Edition to another level is the footnotes and maps. If you have the patience and take the time to really study the text, you can really develop a deep understanding of Thucydides.
Finally, Robert Strassler is a real hero. Let us hope that he is able to produce more Landmark Editions. In my book, Strassler has covered himself with glory and has done the reading public a great service. Highly recommended!
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For those further interested in Thucydides and the war he recounts, I highly recommend Donald Kagan's four-volume analysis of the Peloponnesian War. An up-to-date, thoroughly scholarly work, it is also very accessible to the non-expert and well-written to boot. For expanded views and interpretations of the war, as well as an evaluation of Thucydides himself, pick up any one of his volumes.