9780872201682

On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: The Essence of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War

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    9780872201682

  • ISBN10:

    0872201686

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/1993
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co Inc

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Summary

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts for The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides' political theory -- famous as well as important but lesser known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists. Newly translated into spare, vigorous English, and situated within a connective narrative framework, Woodruff's selections will be of special interest to instructors in political theory and Greek civilisation.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
Bibliographical Notes xxxiii
Maps
xxxvi
Thucydides On Justice, Power, and Human Nature
Early History and Method
1(14)
Thucydides' preface [i.1]
1(1)
The archaeology [i.2-20]
2(10)
On historical method [i.21-22]
12(3)
Origins of the War
15(24)
Thucydides' explanation for the war [i.23]
15(1)
Debate at Sparta in 432 [i.66-88]
16(14)
Meeting of the Peloponnesian League in 431 [Summary of i.118-24]
30(1)
Pericles' war speech [i.140-46]
31(5)
The war begins with an attack on Plataea [ii.1-8]
36(3)
Pericles and the Plague
39(20)
The Funeral Oration of Pericles [ii.35-46]
39(7)
The plague: human nature laid bare by a natural disaster [ii.47-54]
46(5)
Military operations of 430 [ii.55-58]
51(1)
Pericles' last speech [ii. 59-64]
52(4)
Thucydides' judgment of Pericles [ii.65]
56(3)
Justice and power: Plataea and Mytilene
59(30)
Further events of 430 [ii.66-70]
59(3)
The siege of Plataea [ii.71-78]
62(4)
The Mytilenean debate [iii. 37-51]
66(10)
The Plataean debate [iii.52-68]
76(13)
Human Nature Laid Bare in Civil War
89(8)
The civil war in Corcyra [iii.81.2-85]
89(5)
The end of the Corcyrean insurgents [iv.47.3-48]
94(3)
Justice and Power: Acanthus and Melos
97(14)
The Spartans at Acanthus [iv.84.2-87]
97(3)
Events leading to the Peace of Nicias [Summary]
100(2)
The Melian dialogue [v.84-116]
102(9)
The Sicilian Expedition
111(44)
Sicilian antiquities, [Summary of vi.2-6]
111(1)
Debate at Athens [vi.8-26]
112(11)
Launching the expedition [Summary of vi.27-105]
123(6)
Defeat of the expedition [vii.1-viii.1, Summary and Translation]
129(26)
Aftermath of the Sicilian Expedition [Summary]
155(6)
Dates 161(2)
Glossary 163(8)
Index 171

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