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Publication Date: 1550

Rare first edition of the first English translation of Thucydides' seminal history of the Peloponnesian War, with the errata. Thucydides' intent was to preserve an accurate record of the war, not only for intrinsic interest and factual importance, but also so that the facts might be permanent sources of political teaching for posterity. "The standards and methods of Thucydides as a contemporary historian have never been bettered. He began work at the very start of the events he records, and the penetration and concentration which he devoted to his account of the 'Peloponnesian War' (the war between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404 B.C.) were based on the conviction that it would prove the most important event in Greek history." Of particular note is Thucydides' description of the plague in Athens, considered the most graphic in literature. #0351


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