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The Peloponnesian War

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The Peloponnesian War lasted for twenty-seven years, from 431-404 BC, and in Greek history holds a comparable place to that of the First World War in Europe. It was a power struggle in which Athens and her allies were finally conquered by the confederation led by Sparta, as the Central Powers were defeated by the Allies in the 1914-1918 War. The Peloponnesian War is a vita ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by Pimlico (first published 2004)
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James Murphy
Feb 26, 2010 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 431 and 404 BC Athens and Sparta were embroiled in a war for dominance of the Aegean. This wasn't a struggle colored by legend, as Troy, but life or death warfare between competing political systems and cultures. The Peloponnesian War is interesting and continues to garner so much attention because some of the same motives behind the war, such as the yen for empire and simple hubris and the need to protect resources provided by foreign states, can be seen today in the modern world. Acros ...more
Edward Cornejo
Sir Bagnall's knowledge about the Peloponnesian War is astounding and quite detailed, but his writing is something j found frustrating. I'm accustomed to reading the works of many historians and, therefore, like referring the footnotes and to the many references usually provided in a work of history. This book, however is nothing like that. He provides very few, if any, references throughout his writing and occasionally refers to a specific historian or professor without really addressing or est ...more
Jeremy Perron
Sir Nigel Bagnall was a British military officer during the mid-to late twentieth century rising to become Chief of the General Staff. After an extraordinary military career, he began a second career as a writer during which he wrote two volumes in ancient military history. This work was his last book which was published posthumously. His first work, The Punic Wars, which will be reviewed later, focused on the war between Rome and Carthage; this work focuses on the even earlier conflict, the Pel ...more
Sammy Duncan
Jan 27, 2016 Sammy Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Democracy vs. Totalitarianism in ancient Greece. I found the prose and pacing of the book to be very good at telling the story of the war between Athens and Sparta.
Jan 01, 2010 umberto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-history
Reading this book, I hope, will give me more light on the famous war since it is relatively difficult when one starts reading such an ancient history translated from the Greek language. In fact, there are some fine translations you can find to buy/read in any good bookstore worldwide. Presently I have Thucydides's "History of the Peloponnesian War" translated by Rex Werner (Penguin Books 1972).
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