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Thucydides : the reinvention of history /
Donald Kagan.
imprint
New York : Penguin, 2010, c2009.
description
257 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0143118293 (pbk.), 9780143118299 (pbk.)
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imprint
New York : Penguin, 2010, c2009.
isbn
0143118293 (pbk.)
9780143118299 (pbk.)
contents note
Thucydides the revisionist -- Causes of the war : Corcyra -- Causes of the war : from Corcyra to the Megarian Decree -- The strategy of Pericles -- Was Periclean Athens a democracy? -- Cleon's lucky victory at Pylos -- Thucydides and Cleon at Amphipolis -- The decision for a Sicilian expedition -- Who was responsible for the Sicilian disaster?
abstract
Reassesses the life and contributions of the ancient revisionist historian to place him in the context of his time, citing the pivotal influence of his refusal to credit the gods or individuals with the societal events documented in "The Peloponnesian War."
catalogue key
7630695
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-245) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-09-21:
Yale professor of classics Kagan thoroughly examines Thucydides' life and work to successfully demonstrate that the Athenian historian was the first to utilize a truly professional (i.e., realistic and methodical) approach in recounting contemporary events. An unsuccessful general and a devoted adherent of Pericles, Thucydides believed that the Peloponnesian War was the most significant event in Greek history. He was determined that his study of the war, unlike more romantic or "folkish" histories, would stand the test of time because of his attention to detail; his comprehensive documentation includes symptoms of the mysterious plague afflicting Athens for the benefit of future generations, showing the historian's far-sighted versatility. To his credit, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War remains a necessity in the study of international relations, military strategy and political science. Like his subject, Kagan (The Peloponnesian War) tends to minimize the impact of Herodotus on the evolution of history as a discipline, yet any such weakness is offset by the inescapable fact that if Herodotus remains the acknowledged "Father of History," then Thucydides could be described as the "Father of Objective History," who opened the realm of history to serious study. (Nov. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-07-15:
Kagan (classics & history, Yale) provides a detailed account of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.E.) by comparing Thucydides's seminal work on the subject, History of the Peloponnesian War, with other surviving accounts. Canadian actor Paul Hecht narrates this dense subject matter admirably, his deep, rich voice adding strength and dimension. Still, only those accustomed to processing this type of challenging material in audio format are likely to prefer the audiobook; others will want a physical copy of the book in front of them. As such, this extensively detailed and valuable title is recommended, only in its print format, for large academic libraries. ["While not for the general reader.this excellent book bristles with insight into an era not unlike our own," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 10/15/09; the Penguin pb is scheduled to be published in October 2010.-Ed.]-Emma Duncan, Brampton Lib., Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Donald Kagan examines Thucydides as the first modern historian. This study offers readers an opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries, in a work that is at an engrossing voyage of discovery, a moving tribute and a revelatory meditation on the practice of history and its value in human affairs.
Main Description
A reconsideration of the first modern historian and his methods from a renowned scholar The grandeur and power of Thucydides' The Peloponnesian Warhave enthralled readers, historians, and statesmen alike for two and a half millennia, and the work and its author have had an enduring influence on those who think about international relations and war, especially in our own time. In Thucydides, Donald Kagan, one of our foremost classics scholars, illuminates the great historian and his work both by examining him in the context of his time and by considering him as a revisionist historian. Thucydides took a spectacular leap into modernity by refusing to seek explanations for human behavior in the will of the gods, or even in the will of individuals, looking instead at the behavior of men in society. In this context, Kagan explains how The Peloponnesian Wardiffers significantly from other accounts offered by Thucydides' contemporaries and stands as the first modern work of political history, dramatically influencing the manner in which history has been conceptualized ever since.
Main Description
A reconsideration of the first modern historian and his methods from a renowned scholarThe grandeur and power of Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War have enthralled readers, historians, and statesmen alike for two and a half millennia, and the work and its author have had an enduring influence on those who think about international relations and war, especially in our own time. In Thucydides, Donald Kagan, one of our foremost classics scholars, illuminates the great historian and his work both by examining him in the context of his time and by considering him as a revisionist historian.Thucydides took a spectacular leap into modernity by refusing to seek explanations for human behavior in the will of the gods, or even in the will of individuals, looking instead at the behavior of men in society. In this context, Kagan explains how The Peloponnesian War differs significantly from other accounts offered by Thucydides' contemporaries and stands as the first modern work of political history, dramatically influencing the manner in which history has been conceptualized ever since.
Main Description
Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognised as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now Kagan - one of the most respected classical historians in the world - turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery and a moving tribute.
Main Description
IN HIS GOAL OF COMPOSING 'A POSSESSION FOR ALL TIME,' THUCYDIDES HAS SET THE STANDARD FOR HISTORIANS FOR THE PAST TWO-AND-A-HALF MILLENNIADonald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognized as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now, Kagan-one of the most respected classical historians in the world-turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries, in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery, a moving tribute, and a revelatory meditation on the practice of history and its value in human affairs.'Eloquent . . . Powerfully argues and beautifully written.'- SLATE'A nuanced and subtle account . . . A valuable guide.'- PETER STOTHARD, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Main Description
The bestselling author of The Peloponnesian War examines Thucydides as the first modern historian. Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognized as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now, Kagan-one of the most respected classical historians in the world-turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries, in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery, a moving tribute, and a revelatory meditation on the practice of history and its value in human affairs.
Main Description
The bestselling author of The Peloponnesian Warexamines Thucydides as the first modern historian. Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognized as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now, Kagan-one of the most respected classical historians in the world-turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries, in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery, a moving tribute, and a revelatory meditation on the practice of history and its value in human affairs.
Main Description
The bestselling author of "The Peloponnesian War" examines Thucydides as the first modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Thucydides the Revisionistp. 23
Causes of the War-Corcyrap. 35
Causes of the War-From Corcyra to the Megarian Decreep. 58
The Strategy of Periclesp. 75
Was Periclean Athens a Democracy?p. 98
Cleon's Lucky Victory at Pylosp. 115
Thucydides and Cleon at Amphipolisp. 140
The Decision for a Sicilian Expeditionp. 162
Who Was Responsible for the Sicilian Disaster?p. 188
Conclusionp. 223
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 247
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