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Thucydides

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Overview

Author

Thucydides

Year Written

c. 404 BCE

Type

Short Stories

Genre

History, War Literature

At a Glance

Thucydides (c. 460–after 404 BCE) is widely evaluated as a pioneer of history in ancient Greece. He brought rigor and uncompromising rationality to the pursuit of a truthful account of events, what was in his time a relatively new genre of nonfiction prose. Thucydides is credited with having written not only an account of the Peloponnesian War, but a political analysis of a nation's policies on war. Thucydides is still studied in modern times as a penetrating, acute analyst of warfare's motivations, strategies, and effects.

His title The History of the Peloponnesian War describes the extended conflict in ancient Greece between the city-states of Athens and Sparta and their allies. With various pauses, the war lasted between 431 and 404 BCE and ended with the defeat of Athens. The Peloponnese (also called Peloponnesus), after which the war is named, is a mountainous landmass jutting into the Mediterranean Sea; it is the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, connected to mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. Sparta and some of its allies are located on the Peloponnese; Athens is on the mainland.

About the Title

The History of the Peloponnesian War refers to an extended conflict in ancient Greece between the city-states of Athens and Sparta and their allies. The war lasted between 431 and 404 BCE and ended with the defeat of Athens. Thucydides wrote his history to preserve a record of the war and its effects.

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