A Commentary on Thucydides: Volume III: Books 5.25-8.109

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This is the third and final volume (Vol. I 1991, Vol. II 1996) of a historical and literary commentary on the history of the first 20 years of the twenty-seven-year 'Peloponnesian War' (between the Athenians and Spartans and their respective allies) written by the great fifth-century BC historian Thucydides. The present volume of commentary covers the ten closely-narrated years 421-411 BC, and nearly half of the total of eight 'books' (subdivisions) of Thucydides' work. It includes one of the most famous sections of ancient Greek literary writing, the lengthy and supremely dramatic account of the disastrous Athenian expedition against Sicily (415-413) in Books 6 and 7; but also the Melian Dialogue (Book 5), a notorious document of Athenian imperialism; and the account of the oligarchic revolution at Athens in 411 (Book 8). All Greek is translated. There is a thematic General Introduction and two Appendixes.

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About the Author:

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Grote Professor of Ancient History at University College London.

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Review from previous edition: "a model for anyone who wants to get to grips with that great historian: detailed scholarship combined with breadth and lucidity, and the Greek translated into English, too... It is the model on which all future commentaries should be based.'

--Peter Jones, The Times

`research students and others who can take what H. has to offer will find it both informative and stimulating, and an excellent starting-point for further work.'

--P. R. Rhodes, The Classical Review

`The translation is intended to bring out the essence of the Greek and is not simply a word-for-word rendering. In most cases, it is both smooth and precise; Hornblower has done an excellent job."

--Times Literary Supplement

"for its attention to detail, its balanced judgements, and its broad scope, this commentary will become a standard work... it is historically authoritative and historiographically penetrating. Readers at all levels have much to learn from this book, and will appreciate its clear and careful
discussions of the many literary masterpieces in Thucydides."

--Classics Journal

"A work at the highest scholarly level... it will play an important role in future research."

--Gnomon

"Few, if any, can be more knowledgeable or versatile: every page pullulates with original, apposite and enlightening comments and ideas. No teacher of Thucydides or Greek history can afford to be without this book to hand. H's productive capacity and up-to-date mastery of the field is
phenomenal... school teachers have every reason to be indebted to him."

--JACT Review

"No one will dispute the brilliance of the author; few, if any, would have contemplated such a task, or done it better ... H.'s commentary is of enormous value, and will very likely last as long a Gomme's commentary, if not longer, as a primary point of reference for any serious endeavour to
understand individual Thucydidean passages, as well as in this volume offering a valuable methodological approach that will give continuing impetus to further analysis... for years to come, we will all turn to H. when we want to understand more about Thucydides, and much else besides."

--Christopher Smith, The Classical Review

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