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The Peloponnesian War (Paperback)
by Thucydides, Steven Lattimore (Translator)
Hackett Publishing Company; New edition (June 1998)
David P. Tompkins, Temple University
Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War mixes tragedy and intellection, profound emotion and painstaking analysis. Steven Lattimore has met the most daunting challenge to a translator of Thucydides, which is to provide a sense of this combination. Written in clear American English that never oversimplifies the original, this translation will be useful both to the novice intent on learning 'what happened' and to the returning reader seeking to savor high points like the Funeral Speech of Pericles.
"Thomas Hobbes's translation of Thucydides brings together the magisterial prose of one of the greatest writers of the English language and the depth of mind and experience of one of the greatest writers of history in any language. . . . For every reason, the current availability of this great work is a boon."--Joseph Cropsey, University of Chicago
The history of the Peloponnesian War is so worth reading for the insight it lends to the current US war in Iraq. Athens invaded Sicily in the name of "democracy and freedom" which contributed to the collapse of Athens. - Jim Buckley
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