The History of the Peloponnesian War

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Xenophon's 'The History of the Peloponnesian War' is an essential historical text that offers an incisive account of the protracted conflict between the Peloponnesian League and the Delian League. As a work of historiography, Xenophon's narrative picks up where Thucydides left off, with meticulous precision and an unembellished style that marks it as a forerunner in the annals of historical writing. The text is as notable for its direct continuation of 'The History of the Peloponnesian War' into 'Hellenica' as it is for its subtle yet revealing insights into the cultural and political milieu of ancient Greece, providing readers with a seamless and comprehensive understanding of the latter stages of the war and its subsequent repercussions.

Xenophon, an Athenian born to a wealthy family, was a soldier, mercenary, and a disciple of Socrates. His experiences as a leader in the Greek world granted him a unique perspective on the events he recounts. His detailed commentary on the strategic maneuvers and the vicissitudes of war reflects both his personal experiences and his broader philosophical education. The close alignment of the narrative with the lived realities of its protagonists, suggesting that Xenophon's impetus for writing was as much about recording history as it was an act of reflective memoir for his contemporaries.

This text is an indispensable addition to the library of any scholar interested in the documentation of classical antiquity. It offers readers not just a historical account, but also a portrait of a society in the throes of transformation and tumult. Xenophon's 'The History of the Peloponnesian War' transcends its era to speak to the universal conditions of war, leadership, and political machinations, making it a profound study for historians, classicists, and general readers with an interest in the profound complexity of human history.


About the Author

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).

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 812 Pages

Filesize: 1.0 MB

ISBN: 8596547402923

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