The Landmark Thucydides
by Caroline Alexander: notes
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.
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