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History of the Peloponnesian War

By Thucydides
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Commonly acknowledged as one of the earliest written accounts of history, this classic work of Thucydides chronicles the war between Athens and Sparta during the fifth century B.C. While dispassionately and accurately reporting the events of this ancient Greek war in a strict chronology, Thucydides includes the causes of the conflict, descriptions of battlefield strategy, political opinions, and all other aspects of the war in brilliant detail with the tactful insights of an intellectual and observant eyewitness. Himself an Athenian general who served in the war, Thucydides relates the invasions, treacheries, plagues, amazing speeches, ambitions, virtues, and emotions of the conflict between two of Greece's most dominant city-states in a work that has the feel of a tragic drama. Though in part an analysis of war policy, "The History" is also a dramatic account of the rise and fall of Athens by an Athenian man. As such, it has the ring of historical warning that has sounded over two thousand years, continuing for modern military, politics, and international relations an ageless admonition.

Table of Contents
  • THE HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
  • Translated by Richard Crawley
  • BOOK I
  • CHAPTER I
  • CHAPTER II
    • Causes of the War—The Affair of Epidamnus—The Affair of Potidaea
  • CHAPTER III
    • Congress of the Peloponnesian Confederacy at Lacedaemon
  • CHAPTER IV
  • CHAPTER V
  • BOOK II
  • CHAPTER VI
  • CHAPTER VII
  • CHAPTER VIII
  • BOOK III
  • CHAPTER IX
    • Fourth and Fifth Years of the War—Revolt of Mitylene
  • CHAPTER X
  • CHAPTER XI
  • BOOK IV
  • CHAPTER XII
  • CHAPTER XIII
  • CHAPTER XIV
  • BOOK V
  • CHAPTER XV
    • Tenth Year of the War—Death of Cleon and Brasidas—Peace of Nicias
  • CHAPTER XVI
  • CHAPTER XVII
    • Sixteenth Year of the War—The Melian Conference—Fate of Melos
  • BOOK VI
  • CHAPTER XVIII
  • CHAPTER XIX
  • CHAPTER XX
  • BOOK VII
  • CHAPTER XXI
  • CHAPTER XXII
  • CHAPTER XXIII
  • BOOK VIII
  • CHAPTER XXIV
  • CHAPTER XXV
  • CHAPTER XXVI
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