The Waving Flag: History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides

Monday 18 August 2008

History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides

A few years ago I took a variety of evening courses on of Persian & Greek history at Liverpool University.  I’ve had a love of ancient history since my school days but this was a chance for me to indulge myself later in life.

One of the hardest things about the course was writing the essays.  It was hard get access to the right books etc.  Ever since I’ve been keeping an eye out for Internet resources as I hope to do more courses later.

This is the first of a series of articles where I will record useful links to study texts and basic resources starting with Thucydides:
Thucydides (ca. 460 BC – ca. 395 BC) was a Greek historian and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. Thucydides has been dubbed the father of "scientific history" due to his strict standards of evidence-gathering and analysis in terms of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods.
Richard Crawley’s translation of this work is available as a free download from Project Gutenberg in both text and audio formats:

There are a number of other translations available:
  • Thomas Hobbes’ 17th century translation is available online in both html and pdf formats at Online Library of Liberty.
  • Benjamin Jowett’s 1900 translation is available online in a html format at Classic Persuasion along with some additional resources and tools. 

Personally, I bought a nice second hand copy to read the old fashioned way but it’s good to have the text available electronically for quicker searching and reference.


James said...

How do you pronounce that? Is it Thuckee-dieds?

Vexillia said...

I think that's close ;-)

The easiest thing to do is play the introduction from the audiobook to hear it spoken with an American accent.

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