Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides “History of the Peloponnesian War

Thucydides’s “History of the Peloponnesian War,” Translated by Rex Warner in 1954 is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The book was written 400 years before Christ. It gives an account of the long war between Athens and Sparta. Considering that Thucydides, a general, wrote the book on a war that lasted over 20 years and lived to tell the tale is amazing! The back story politics, battles, and dialogue just make this book fantastic!

Thucydides thoughtfully reflects on the discussions leading up to the war and reasons for continuing it, which have close parallels and lessons learned for today’s world. As Thucydides notes, “Haste and anger are, to my mind, the two greatest obstacles to wise counsel – haste, that usually goes with folly, anger, that is the mark of primitive and narrow minds” ( p.218).

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