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History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
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Jul 03, 07

bookshelves: oldclassics, politicalmanipulation, couldnotfinish
Recommended for: Only people REALLY interested in Ancient Greek politics and war.
Read in January, 1998

BORING!!!!! I didn't like this one bit. I can't say I remember much now, but I do remember the general feeling of being bored out of my mind. On second consideration, I suppose there is always some sense of marvel at anything written so long ago, because they play on the same sorts of human emotions we have today. All in all though, it's definitely not something anyone would read for fun. It has some scholarly interest, but is best taken in [very] small doses.
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Pierce I loved this book immensely, but I very much agree that I probably only liked it becuase I studied Classics and would have otherwise found it very thick and lame.

For thos who are only interested (and understandably so) in the most interesting "[very:] small doses," Paul Woodruff put together an abbreviated collection of only the most relevant excerpts. It's called "On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: The Essence of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War" and has some of the Periclean and other speeches that provide the more exciting parts of the overall work. These are the parts of Thucydide's work that resonate much more with us today than, say, how many triremes some islands were supposed to send to Athens.

Josh Brown I read it for fun, so that's at least one person...

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