Peloponnesian War

ISBN-10: 0142004375
ISBN-13: 9780142004371
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Authors: Donald Kagan
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List price: $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

For three decades in the fifth century b.c. the ancient world was torn apart by a conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the worlds most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian Waris a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian Waris a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.

Introduction
The Road to War
The Great Rivalry (479-439)
Sparta and its Alliance
Athens and its Empire
Athens Against Sparta
The Thirty Years' Peace
Threats to Peace: Thurii
The Samian Rebellion
"A Quarrel in a Far-away Country" (436-433)
Epidamnus
Corinth
Enter Athens (433-432)
The Battle of Sybota
Potidaea
The Megarian Decree
The Decisions for War (432)
Sparta Chooses War
The Athenian Decision for War
Pericles' War
War Aims and Resources (432-431)
Sparta
Athens
The Theban Attack on Plataea (431)
The Spartan Invasion of Attica
Attacks on Pericles
The Athenian Response
Pericles' Funeral Oration
The War's First Year: An Accounting
The Plague (430-429)
Epidaurus
The Plague in Athens
Pericles Under Fire
Peace Negotiations
Pericles Condemned
The Spartans go to Sea
Potidaea Recaptured
Pericles' Last Days (429)
Sparta Attacks Plataea
Spartan Action in the Northwest
Enter Phormio
The Spartans Attack Piraeus
The Death of Pericles
Rebellion in the Empire (428-427)
The "New Politicians" in Athens
Conspiracy on Lesbos
Athens Reacts
Mytilene Appeals to the Peloponnesians
The Siege of Mytilene
Sparta Acts on Land and Sea
The Fate of Mytilene
The Mytilene Debate: Cleon Versus Diodotus
Terror and Adventure (427)
The Fate of Plataea
Civil War at Corcyra
First Athenian Expedition to Sicily
New Strategies
Demosthenes and the New Strategy (426)
The Spartans in Central Greece
Athenian Initiatives
Demosthenes' Aetolian Campaign
The Spartans Attack the Northwest
Pylos and Sphacteria (425)
Athens' Western Commitments
Demosthenes' Plan: The Fort at Pylos
The Spartans on Sphacteria
The Athenian Naval Victory
Sparta's Peace Offer
Cleon Against Nicias
The Spartan Surrender on Sphacteria
Athens on the Offensive: Megara and Delium (424)
Cythera and Thyrea
Disappointment in Sicily
The Assault on Megara
Athens' Boeotian Invasion
Delium
Brasidas' Thracian Campaign (424-423)
The Capture of Amphipolis
Thucydides at Amphipolis
Truce
Nicias' Expedition to Thrace
The Coming of Peace (422-421)
Cleon in Command
The Battle of Amphipolis
The Death of Brasidas and Cleon
The Coming of Peace
The Peace of Nicias
The False Peace
The Peace Unravels (421-420)
A Troubled Peace
The Spartan-Athenian Alliance
The Argive League
Sparta's Problems
The Corinthians' Mysterious Policy
The Boeotians
The Alliance of Athens and Argos (420-418)
The Athenian Breach with Sparta
Spartan Humiliations
Alcibiades in the Peloponnesus
The Spartans Against Argos
Confrontation in the Argive Plain
The Battle of Mantinea (418)
Agis' March to Tegea
To Force a Battle
The Allied Army Moves
The Battle
Politics Intervene
The Meaning of Mantinea
After Mantinea: Politics and Policy at Sparta and Athens (418-416)
Democracy Restored to Argos
Politics at Athens
Ostracism of Hyperbolus
The Athenian Conquest of Melos
Nicias Against Alcibiades
The Disaster in Sicily
The Decision (416-415)
Athens' Sicilian Connections
The Debate in Athens
The Debate to Reconsider
The Home Front and the First Campaigns (415)
Sacrilege
Witch Hunt
Athenian Strategy
The Summer Campaign of 415
The Flight of Alcibiades
The First Attack on Syracuse (415)
The Athenians at Syracuse
Syracusan Resistance
Alcibiades at Sparta
The Siege of Syracuse (414)
The Illness of Nicias and the Death of Lamachus
Athens Breaks the Treaty
Help Arrives at Syracuse
Nicias Moves to Plemmyrium
Nicias' Letter to Athens
The Athenian Response
The Besiegers Besieged (414-413)
Sparta Takes the Offensive
The Fort at Decelea
Reinforcements for Both Sides
The Capture of Plemmyrium
The Battle in the Great Harbor
The Second Athenian Armada: Demosthenes' Plan
The Night Attack on Epipolae
Retreat or Remain?
Eclipse
Defeat and Destruction (413)
The Final Naval Battle
The Final Retreat
The Fate of the Athenians
A Judgment on Nicias
Revolutions in the Empire and in Athens
After the Disaster (413-412)
The Probouloi
Spartan Ambitions
Agis in Command
Persian Initiatives
The Spartans Choose Chios
Alcibiades Intervenes
Tissaphernes' Draft Treaty
War in the Aegean (412-411)
Athens Fights Back
Decision at Miletus
Alcibiades Joins the Persians
A New Spartan Agreement with Persia
A New Spartan Strategy
Rebellion at Rhodes
The Importance of Euboea
A New Treaty with Persia
The Spartans in the Hellespont
The Revolutionary Movement (411)
The Aristocratic Tradition
Democracy and the War
Thrasybulus and the Moderates
The Real Oligarchs
Phrynichus Against Alcibiades
The Coup (411)
Peisander's Mission to Athens
The Oligarchs' Breach with Alcibiades
Divisions Among the Plotters
The Democracy Overthrown
The Oligarchic Leaders
The Four Hundred in Power (411)
The Democracy at Samos
Pharnabazus and the Hellespont
Alcibiades Recalled
The Five Thousand (411)
Dissent Within the Four Hundred
The Oligarchic Plot to Betray Athens
The Threat to Euboea
The Fall of the Four Hundred
The Constitution of the Five Thousand
The Five Thousand in Action
War in the Hellespont (411-410)
The Phantom Phoenician Fleet
The Battle of Cynossema
The Battle of Abydos
The Battle of Cyzicus
The Fall of Athens
The Restoration (410-409)
Sparta's Peace Offer
Democracy Restored
The War Resumed
The Return of Alcibiades (409-408)
Athens Attempts to Clear the Straits
Athenian Negotiations with Persia
Alcibiades Returns
Cyrus, Lysander, and the Fall of Alcibiades (408-406)
Prince Cyrus Replaces Tissaphernes
The Emergence of Lysander
The Collaboration of Cyrus and Lysander
The Battle of Notium
The Fall of Alcibiades
Arginusae (406)
The New Navarch
Conon Trapped at Mytilene
Athens Rebuilds a Navy
The Battle of Arginusae
Rescue and Recovery
The Trial of the Generals
The Fall of Athens (405-404)
Another Spartan Peace Offer
The Return of Lysander
The Battle of Aegospotami
The Results of the Battle
The Fate of Athens
Theramenes Negotiates a Peace
Conclusion
Sources for the History of the Peloponnesian War
Index

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