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The Landmark Thucydides by Thucydides
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Jun 29, 12

bookshelves: 2012, aere-perennius
Read from June 16 to 29, 2012

If you are going to read Thucydides, the Landmark version is the best place to start. I read this after I became a fan of Strassler's The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories. For me, there is not much better than Thucydides' speeches. "The Funeral Oration of Pericles", "Diodotus to the Athenian Ecclesia", "Demosthenes to his troops at Pylos" & "Nicias before the last sea fight" are all some of the most interesting, moving and inspiring speeches and harangues EVER written.

Thucydides' HOPW (Landmark edition) is filled with enough maps, appendices, marginal notes and summaries that Strassler well-girds the modern student of the Peloponnesian war for the challenge that is Thucydides. Strassler (and his team) has updated and improved the Crawley translation (which is a gem). This book is a must for students of the classics, politics, history and war. Hell, even if you are just interested in a good story, Thucydides tells a good one. This is an amazing and beautiful piece of history.
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message 1: by Brian (new)

Brian Have you read Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire"? An amazing historical fiction on the 300 Spartans. It's required reading at both Annapolis and West Point. Also one of my very favorite books of all time, and favorite authors.


Robert Farwell No. But it is on my radar. I made a list awhile back on goodreads (Best War Novels) and it quickly moved up the list.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/99...


message 3: by Brian (new)

Brian Top 10 favorite novel of all time. Top 3 favorite author. Move it to the top of your list, I'm just just saying.


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