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History of the Peloponnesian War

History of the Peloponnesian War
Author: Thucydides
ISBN 13: 9780140440393
ISBN 10: 140440399
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1972
Format: Paperback
Pages: 648
List Price: $19.00

Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The conflicts between the two empires over shipping, trade, and colonial expansion came to a head in 431 b.c. in Northern Greece, and the entire Greek world was plunged into 27 years of war. Thucydides applied a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this exhaustively factual record of the disastrous conflict that eventually ended the Athenian empire.