Synopses & Reviews
For almost three decades at the end of the fifth century B.C. the ancient world was torn apart in a conflict that was as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the great world wars of the twentieth century. The Peloponnesian War pitted Greek against Greek: the Athenians, with their glorious empire, rich legacy of democracy and political rights, and extraordinary cultural achievement, against the militaristic, oligarchic Spartan state. This new account by one of the worlds most respected classical, political, and military historians is a lively, readable narrative that offers a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance. With its fresh examination of a pivotal moment of Western civilization, The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of historiographya chronicle of a dark time whose lessons still resonate today.