Warriors B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Book News | May 11, 2015

    Chris Hedges: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Chris Hedges

    Describe your latest book. Wages of Rebellion looks at the nature of rebellion, those who do it, why they do it, and the price they pay for being a... Continue »
    1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Wages of Rebellion

      Chris Hedges 9781568589664

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $45.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
12 Partner Warehouse World History- Ancient History

This title in other editions

Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide To the Peloponnesian War (08 Edition)


Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide To the Peloponnesian War (08 Edition) Cover

ISBN13: 9781416590873
ISBN10: 1416590870
Condition: Student Owned
All Product Details


Synopses & Reviews

Please note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.

Publisher Comments:

Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possession for all time,” and indeed it is the first and still the most famous work in the Western historical tradition.

Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.

However, this classic book has long presented obstacles to the uninitiated reader. Written centuries before the rise of modern historiography, Thucydides' narrative is not continuous or linear. His authoritative chronicle of what he considered the greatest war of all time is rigorous and meticulous, yet omits the many aids to comprehension modern readers take for granted—such as brief biographies of the story's main characters, maps and other visual enhancements, and background on the military, cultural, and political traditions of ancient Greece.

Robert Strassler's new edition amends these omissions, and not only provides a new coherence to the narrative overall but effectively reconstructs the lost cultural context that Thucydides shared with his original audience. Based on the venerable Richard Crawley translation, updated and revised for modern readers, The Landmark Thucydides includes a vast array of superbly designed and presented maps, brief informative appendices by outstanding classical scholars on subjects of special relevance to the text, explanatory marginal notes on each page, an index of unprecedented subtlety and depth, and numerous other useful features. Readers will find that with this edition they can dip into the text at any point and be immediately oriented with regard to the geography, season, date, and stage of the conflict.

In any list of the Great Books of Western Civilization, The Peloponnesian War stands near the top. This handsome, elegant, and authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

nitram22rock, October 10, 2010 (view all comments by nitram22rock)
I ordered this book through the public library after reading Herodotus. It took 2 months before it became available and I was anxious to read it. I am a self learned world history addict. I've read everything from Homer to Cervantes. Though I prefer non-fiction I do also enjoy a well told story.
I first heard of Thucydides while reading "The Peloponnesian War" by Donald Kagan.
Immediately upon the start of Thucydides I was glued to the unique and unbiased approach He used to relay the unfolding events. His 'speaking in the third person' style added to the feel of unembellished truth. Only physically real, provable facts seemed to be his goal.
I never knew before I read his words how clear and precise the people of the time must have communicated with one another. They were a highly enlightened, articulate, and intelligent society. Yet, so brutal, and combative.
I read this book 4 times in a row. The innovative style and attention to relative details toward facts makes Thucydides an unparalleled writer and historian.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

Strassler, Robert B.
Free Press
Introduction by:
Hanson, Victor Davis
Hanson, Victor Davis
Hanson, Victor Davis
Hanson, Victor Davis
Military - General
Military - Other
Ancient - Greece
Greece - History - Peloponnesian War, 431-
Military-General History
peloponnesian war, athens, sparta, war, military strategy, military philosophy, richard crawley translation, great book sof western civilization
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9.25 x 7.375 in

Other books you might like

  1. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who...
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. A Brilliant Darkness: The... Used Hardcover $8.21

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek and Roman
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East

Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide To the Peloponnesian War (08 Edition) Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.00 In Stock
Product details 752 pages Free Press - English 9781416590873 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.