The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War

For three decades in the fifth century B.C. the ancient world was torn apart by a conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the world wars of the twentieth century: the Peloponnesian War. Donald Kagan, one of the world’s most respected classical, political, and military historians, here presents a new account of this vicious war of Greek against Greek, Athenian against Spartan. The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of history written for general readers, offering a fresh examination of a pivotal moment in Western civilization. With a lively, readable narrative that conveys a richly
detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance, The Peloponnesian War is a chronicle of the rise and fall of a great empire and of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.

Title:The Peloponnesian War
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780142004371
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    The Peloponnesian War Reviews

  • Daniel

    This book is rightly considered an historical masterpiece, but a few flaws kept me from thoroughly enjoying it.Kagan's scholarship is tremendous, as is his breadth of knowledge on the subject. His sty...

  • Ed Abbott

    I liked this book. No, I am not a history professional. I picked it up because i wanted to know more about what happened. I had skimmed reviews and seen the general approval of the book when it came o...

  • William2

    This book is wonderful because it takes Thucydides classic text--itself a wonder--and fills in the gaps, or corrects the ancient text where necessary. Thucydides is cited throughout in a manner remini...

  • Mike

    This was an excellent explanation and examination of the Peloponnesian War, the war that effectively broke the prestige and power of the Greek City states. Kagan does a great job of both explaining th...

  • Regina Lindsey

    The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan4 StarsMost countries and its citizens make two mistakes when contemplating war. Those are assumptions are 1) the war will unfold precisely in the way the proposed...

  • Stephanie

    Well, I have definitely learned why it’s so important to separate the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government ...

  • Heinz Reinhardt

    Not much that my review can add to what has already been said, so I will say only a little on this work. Most people love this book, and I wanted to. And I adore ancient history, however this book I f...

  • Chin Joo

    This book should be called The History of Athens During the Peloponnesian War for while it is generally agreed that this war was fought between two huge blocs lead by Athens and Sparta, it has a very ...

  • Rick

    A single volume history by the author of a multi-volume account of this epic conflict, The Peloponnesian War reads a little like a cliff notes version. It never quite comes to life, seems all summary,...

  • Al

    Thucydides (and his later colleagues) masterfully, if not interestingly, described the long and brutal Peloponnesian War. This in itself was a marvelous achievement, without which we would have no re...