Title: Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War
Author: Thucydides, Richard Crawley (trans.)
Publisher: J.M. Dent, 1903
Condition: Hardcover, 2 vol set. Pocket size. In very good condition. Minor wear to cover. Minor foxing to end papers. Clean text, well-bound. With maps and tissue-guarded frontispieces.
About the book (from Wikipedia):
The History of the Peloponnesian War (Greek: Ἱστορίαι) is a historical account of the Peloponnesian War, which was fought between the Peloponnesian League (led by Sparta) and the Delian League (led by Athens). It was written by Thucydides, an Athenian historian who also happened to serve as an Athenian general during the war. His account of the conflict is widely considered to be a classic and regarded as one of the earliest scholarly works of history. The Histories are divided into eight books by editors of later antiquity.
Analyses of the History generally occur in one of two camps. On the one hand, some scholars view the work as an objective and scientific piece of history. The judgment of J. B. Bury reflects his traditional interpretation of the work: “[The History is] severe in its detachment, written from a purely intellectual point of view, unencumbered with platitudes and moral judgments, cold and critical.”
On the other hand, in keeping with more recent interpretation that are associated with reader-response criticism, the History is better understood as a piece of literature rather than an objective record of the historical events. This view is embodied in the words of W. R. Connor, who describes Thucydides as “an artist who responds to, selects and skillfully arranges his material, and develops its symbolic and emotional potential.”