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A New History of the Peloponnesian War

by Lawrence A. Tritle

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140512251X, Paperback)

This stimulating new study provides a narrative of the monumental conflict of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, and examines the realities of the war and its effects on the average Athenian.
A penetrating new study of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta by an established scholar
Offers an original interpretation of how and why the war began
Weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes in order to give readers a new sense of how the war affected the individual
Discusses the practicalities and realities of the war
Examines the blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement in Athens despite the war
Challenges the approach of Thucydides in his account of the war

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"This new study by a respected historian provides a unique narrative of the Peloponnesian War, a monumental conflict between Athens and Sparta that raged for 27 years across the Greek world. The conflict's resulting destruction of cities, mass enslavements, and loss of human life - in short, the horrors of war - bears striking resemblance to the violence of modern war from the Western front to Vietnam. Despite these common factors, little attention has been paid to the contemporary nature of the Peloponnesian War and its impact on the society and culture of the time." "Incorporating an original interpretation of how and why the war developed, and a perceptive analysis of its conduct, Tritle weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes and other dramatists to illustrate how war affected the average Athenian. He discusses the toll taken by the violence on both the individual and society in light of modern understanding of war's brutality. He also relates how, in spite of the ongoing violence, Athens witnessed a blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement: the wartime dramas of Euripides and Sophocles, and the moral-ethical reflections of Socrates - a veteran soldier whose message dramatically reshaped Greek - and western - thought."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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