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On Justice, Power, and Human Nature Selections from the History of the Peloponnesian War

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ISBN-10: 0872201686

ISBN-13: 9780872201682

Edition: 1993

Authors: Thucydides, Paul Woodruff, Paul Woodruff

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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.
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 0.35" wide x 8.46" long x 5.35" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Born into a family of Athens's old nobility claiming descent from the Homeric hero Ajax of Salamis, Thucydides pursued a political career under Pericles and served as a general in the Great Peloponnesian War of 431--404 b.c. His subsequent exile for failure to prevent a Spartan takeover of an Athenian colony in Thrace enabled him to observe the war from both sides. In his history of the war, he examines the policies and motives of the people involved with a calculated rationality that nevertheless conveys great passion. Although his narrative style is lucid and astringent, the language of the speeches that he gives his protagonists is some of the most difficult, yet rhetorically powerful,…    

Paul Woodruff is former dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies and currently Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is The Ajax Dilemma: Justice, Fairness and Rewards .

Bibliographical Notes
Early History and Method
Thucydides' preface [i.1]
The archaeology [i.2-20]
On historical method [i.21-22]
Origins of the War
Thucydides' explanation for the war [i.23]
Debate at Sparta in 432 [i.66-88]
Meeting of the Peloponnesian League in 431 [Summary of i.118-24]
Pericles' war speech [i. 140-46]
The war begins with an attack on Plataea [ii.1-8]
Pericles and the Plague
The Funeral Oration of Pericles [ii.35-46]
The plague: human nature laid bare by a natural disaster [ii.47-54]
Military operations of 430 [ii.55-58]
Pericles' last speech [ii. 59-64]
Thucydides' judgment of Pericles [ii.65]
Justice and power: Plataea and Mytilene
Further events of 430 [ii.66-70]
The siege of Plataea [ii.71-78]
The Mytilenean debate [iii. 37-51]
The Plataean debate [iii.52-68]
Human Nature Laid Bare in Civil War
The civil war in Corcyra [iii.81.2-85]
The end of the Corcyrean insurgents [iv.47.3-48]
Justice and Power: Acanthus and Melos
The Spartans at Acanthus [iv.84.2-87]
Events leading to the Peace of Nicias [Summary]
The Melian dialogue [v.84-116]
The Sicilian Expedition
Sicilian antiquities, [Summary of vi.2-6]
Debate at Athens [vi.8-26]
Launching the expedition [Summary of vi.27-105]
Defeat of the expedition [vii.1-viii.1, Summary and Translation]
Aftermath of the Sicilian Expedition [Summary]