The History of the Peloponnesian War

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The History of the Peloponnesian War is a historical account of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC), which was fought between the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, and the Delian League, led by Athens. Thucydides' account of the conflict is widely considered to be a classic and regarded as one of the earliest scholarly works of history. Hellenica is direct continuation of the History of the Peloponnesian War. There is virtually no transition between the two works, to the extent that the opening words of Hellenica are translated as "After this", or sometimes "Following these events". The Hellenica recounts the last seven years of the Peloponnesian war, as well as its aftermath. Many consider this a very personal work, written by Xenophon in retirement on his Spartan estate, intended primarily for circulation among his friends, for people who knew the main protagonists and events, often because they had participated in them.

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Xenophon, an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, and student of Socrates, made significant literary contributions to the world's historical and philosophical understanding. Born around 430 BC in an Athenian suburb, Xenophon came from a wealthy equestrian family. His reputation as an author is grounded in a variety of works, with 'Anabasis' being his most renowned, which details the harrowing expedition of Greek mercenaries through Persia and the return journey after the Battle of Cunaxa. Although 'The History of the Peloponnesian War' is frequently attributed to Thucydides, Xenophon's continuation of Thucydides's work, 'Hellenica', provides a firsthand account of the final seven years of the Peloponnesian War and its aftermath. He is also known for 'Cyropaedia', a partly fictional account of Cyrus the Great's education and rule that suggests it was his leadership qualities which allowed him to found the Persian Empire. Xenophon's literary style is characterized by straightforward, clear prose that emphasized factual reporting over the more rhetorical techniques employed by some of his contemporaries, such as Thucydides. He is often praised for the vividness with which he recounts events, providing readers with an accessible window into the complex world of Greek antiquity (Anderson, J. K. Xenophon. London: Duckworth, 1974).

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 812 Seiten

Größe: 1,0 MB

ISBN: 8596547402923