Thucydides: The Reinvention of History
Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognized as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now, Kagan-one of the most respected classical historians in the world-turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so mag...more
Of course I recommend the book...It's Donald Kagan on Thucydides!!! I admit that I have only inspected the book and have not yet given it the complete reading it obviously deserves. But here's my preliminary impression.
First off, the book develops themes that Kagan has presented in some of his previous work, especially in a brief (and quite insightful) article he wrote about 20 years ago called something like, "The First Revisionis...more
Thanks to his research & unbiased writing History had finally found a pioneer who taught how one should chronicle it. This book...more
The fundamental tool of analys...more
The common thread that links the themes of the book is the influence the democratic system had on Athenian de...more
Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War is an intriguing instance of a book which is both a history of a particular historical event, as well as being a historical phenomenon in its own right. One of the points Kagan makes is that Thucydides shaped - indeed, created - the Western conception of what a history (as opposed to an annal or a chron...more
Owen Gardner Finnegan
Anyway, this book is about neither defense spending nor how to be really nice to people: it's just a really solid book about Thucydides as a historian. While Kagan spends much of the book arguing that Thucydides was far more revisionist - even partisan - than is immediately apparent, his love for the "father of political history" is apparent...more
To say that he's really 'revisionist,' though I think is misleading. To me, you have to challenge other historians to be a revisionist; and Thucydides, working concurrently with his subject matter could be said to be something more akin to journalism than history.
Kagan, I believe, is the true revisionist,challenging the hallowed name of his subject....more