The Landmark Thucydides
an illustrated, commentated, and revised edition of the Richard Crawley Translation (1874)
edited by Robert B. Strassler
The Landmark Thucydides, an illustrated, commentated, and revised edition
of the Richard Crawley Translation (1874) edited by Robert B. Strassler
A 700-page book that updates Crawley's classic translation and that
supplements the translation with essays, maps, annotations, and other supportive material.
Topic: the Peloponnesian War, describing the 27 years of warfare between Athens and Sparta,
from 431 B.C.E. to 411 B.C.E.
- Introduction (Victor Davis Hanson).
- Editor's note, including explanation of maps (including use of locator maps and inset maps),
footnotes, and running headers, which all augment Thucydides' text.
- The eight books of Thucydides' text.
- Epilogue (by Strassler) explaining that Thucydides' text breaks off in the middle of
year 411 B.C.E. and thus omits related events going forward. Strassler gives a concise history
up to 331 B.C.E. "when Alexander — known to use as Alexander The Great —
began to rule over both Greece and Persia".
- A vitally useful "Theaters of Operation in the Peloponnesian War" (20 pages),
tying the paragraphs of text to the locations of action.
- The power-house of background material is the set of essays by experts that appear in the Appendices;
start by dipping into which ever of these have topics of special interest:
- The Athenian Government in Thucydides.
- The Athenian Empire in Thucydides.
- Spartan Institutions in Thucydides.
- The Peloponnesian League in Thucydides.
- The Persians in Thucydides.
- Land Warfare in Thucydides.
- Trireme Warfare in Thucydides. [Particularly fascinating!] Author: Nicolle Hirschfield.
- Dialects and Ethnic Groups in Thucydides.
- Religious Festivals in Thucydides.
- Classical Greek Currency in Thucydides.
- Calendars and Dating Systems in Thucydides.
- Bibliography of Ancient Sources.
- Concise Bibliography of Modern Sources.
- Reference Maps.
Timeline of Foundations of Western Civilization.