DescriptionThis 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
List of illustrations viii
List of maps x
List of abbreviations xi
Prelude – a band of brothers 1
1 ‘From this the Corinthians developed their bitter hatred for the Athenians’ 4
2 ‘Give the Greeks their freedom’ 25
3 ‘Our city is an education to Greece’ 44
4 ‘War is a violent teacher’ 67
5 ‘Spindles would be worth a lot’ 85
6 ‘Weeping for joy’ 111
7 ‘The strong do what they have the power to do’ 132
8 ‘What of us then who for our children must weep?’ 144
9 ‘The whole of Greece against Athens’ 165
10 ‘Ships gone . . . don’t know what to do’ 186
11 ‘Athens is taken’ 205
12 ‘Here’s to the noble Critias!’ 223
Appendix A: A note on sources 243
Appendix B: Who’s who in the Peloponnesian War 248
Appendix C: A Peloponnesian War glossary 258
""He has produced a major new account of the Peloponnesian War that will allow readers of Thucydides to feel what it was actually like to be at war and to understand the breakdown of legal, moral, and political principles that caused prolonged human suffering on such a colossal scale. We are in his debt.."" (Michigan War Studies Review, 2 October 2010)
""Recommended. Undergraduate libraries and above"". (Choice, 1 November 2010)
* Offers an original interpretation of how and why the war actually came about.
* Weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes in order to give readers a sense of how the War affected the common man.
* Looks at the practicalities and realities of the war rather than taking a “war-gamer’s” approach.
* Examines the blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement in Athens despite the war.