Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VII

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VII PDF Author: Christopher Pelling
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316829839
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages :

Book Description
In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415–413 BCE). Book 7 opens with Athens seemingly on the point of victory, but the arrival of the Spartan commander Gylippus marks a change in fortunes and the Athenian commander Nicias is soon sending home a desperate plea for reinforcements. Three narrative masterpieces follow their arrival, first the eerie confusion of the night battle on the heights, then the naval clash in the Great Harbour, and finally the desperate attempt to escape and the slaughter at the river Assinarus. Following the sister commentary on Book 6, the Commentary offers students considerable help understanding the Greek while the Introduction discusses Thucydides' narrative skill and the part these books play in the architecture of the history.

Book VII

Book VII PDF Author: Thucydides
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198720980
Category : Greece
Languages : en
Pages : 174

Book Description
Greek text with introduction and commentary

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI PDF Author: Christopher Pelling
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316829820
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages :

Book Description
In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415–413 BCE). Book 6 features tense debates both at Athens, with cautious Nicias no match for risk-taking Alcibiades, and at Syracuse, with the statesmanlike Hermocrates confronting the populist Athenagoras. The spectacle of the armada is memorably described; so is the panic at Athens when people fear that acts of sacrilege may be alienating the gods, with Alcibiades himself so implicated that he is soon recalled. The Book ends with Athens seeming poised for victory; that will soon change, and a sister commentary on Book 7 is being published simultaneously. The Introduction discusses the narrative skill and the part these books play in the architecture of the history. Considerable help with the Greek is offered throughout the Commentary.

Thucydides, Vol. 4 of 4

Thucydides, Vol. 4 of 4 PDF Author: Thucydides Thucydides
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780365296287
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 488

Book Description
Excerpt from Thucydides, Vol. 4 of 4: With an English Translation; History of the Peloponnesian War, Books VII and VIII Nicias had paid little attention to the first reports of the approach of Gylippus, thinking that he was on a privateering mission rather than on one of war (v1. Civ. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.