Thucydides was born into a wealthy athenian family about 460 bc little else is known about the first 30 years of his life shortly after the war began, the athenians elected thucydides as one of the city's 10 generals. Thucydides was a greek historian who was born in alimos between the years 460 and 455 bc and died between 411 and 400 bc he is known for his book the history of. Grandeur and power of thucydides' the peloponnesian war have enthralled readers, historians, and the work and its author have had an enduring influence on those.
A commentary on thucydides by simon hornblower this is the second volume of a three-volume historical and literary commentary of the eight books of thucydides, the great fifth-century bc historian of the peloponnesian war between athens and sparta. A recent politico article discusses the influence of thucydides and the peloponnesian war on of thucydides' history of the peloponnesian war but also the. Get this from a library thucydides : the reinvention of history [donald kagan] -- reassesses the life and contributions of the ancient revisionist historian to place him in the context of his time, citing the pivotal influence of his refusal to credit the gods or individuals with.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence 1 herodotus was born in halicarnassus a greek city in southwest asia minor and lived in the 5th century herodotus was a greek historian from ionia. History of the peloponnesian war thucydides & the peloponnesian war the peloponnesian war was a conflict between athens and sparta—the two leading ancient greek city states—and their respective allies. Historian thucydides being exiled because he had during the archidamian war been unable to defend amphipolis against the spartan commander brasidas, the former athenian general thucydides wrote the history of the wars fought between athens and sparta in the years 431-404.
The history of the peloponnesian war, also known as histories, recounts the war between the athenian alliance (called the delian league by modern historians) and sparta and its allies (called the peloponnesian league by modern historians), which took place from 431-404 bc composed in the 5th century bc by thucydides (c 460-400), it is the. As a new translation of the writings of the 'father of history' is published, paul cartledge looks at the methods of enquiry that make the greek master such a crucial influence on historians today. Almost everything we know about the life of thucydides comes from his own history of the peloponnesian war thucydides' father was olorus, a name connected with thrace and thracian royalty he was a man of influence and wealth. Thucydides' account of the events at pylos is perplexing the rules of history seem to evaporate nothing happens for any discernible reason whatsoever, save for the influence of luck.
The peloponnesian war and its impact on greek society and culture and the lack of their own influence as a militaristic power exempla from thucydides. Little is known about thucydides' life apart from the few biographical references in his masterwork his father's name was olorus, and his family was from thrace in northeastern greece, where. Instead of settling in one place, herodotus spent his life traveling from one persian territory to another rival historian thucydides, who relied only on factual evidence to provide a. Online library of liberty of the life and history of thucydides we read of divers men that bear the name of thucydides there is thucydides a pharsalian,. Political philosophy as a genre was invented in this period by plato and reinvented by aristotle: it encompasses reflections on the origin of political institutions, the concepts used to interpret and organize political life such as justice and equality, the relation between the aims of ethics and the nature of politics, and the relative merits.
Pericles had such a profound influence on athenian society that thucydides, his contemporary historian, acclaimed him as the first citizen of athens pericles turned the delian league into an athenian empire and led his countrymen during the first two years of the peloponnesian war. Thucydides, the ancient greek historian of the fifth century bc, is not only the father of scientific history, but also of political realism, the school of thought which posits that interstate relations are based on might rather than right. Knowledge of the life of pericles derives largely from two sources the historian thucydides admired him profoundly and refused to criticize him whose influence. Thucydides, history of the peloponnesian war thucydides was a historian-soldier and he wrote the greek influence on modern socio-political institutions.
Knowledge of the life of pericles derives largely from two sources the historian thucydides admired him profoundly and refused to criticize whose influence,. The history of the peloponnesian war marks a decisive point in our traditions of telling stories about the past, so much so that thucydides has often been heralded (by david hume, among others) as the first real historian his distinctively modern voice has exercised an important influence on a wide range of western intellectuals, from. From donald lateiner's introduction to the history of the peloponnesian war though a highly idiosyncratic writer and thinker, like any author thucydides betrays the influences of the literature and research of his day. Thucydides views life exclusively as thucydides's influence was increasingly important in the area of to be an admirer of thucydides' history,.
History (from greek ἱστορία - historia, meaning inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation) is the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events history can also mean the period of time after writing was invented. Thucydides portrays the importance of spirited concerns as issuing from the nature of political life people ground their sense of worth in the exercise of freedom. 24 life lessons from thucydides life lessons from the greek historian, thucydides — who actually fought in the peloponesian war (between the athenians and spartans) then wrote a history on it here are some personal notes and lessons i've learned for myself, which i hope also help you. Thucydides, the ancient greek historian of the peloponnesian war between sparta and athens, has long been considered the father of both scientific history and political realism but how extensive is his influence on the modern world the reception of thucydides focuses on the question of who was.