By Terry Buckley

Aspects of Greek History bargains an integral creation to the principal interval of Greek heritage for all scholars of classics. bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, the correct ancient classes from the age of colonization to Alexander the good are reconstructed. Emphasis is laid at the interpretation of the to be had assets, and the booklet units out to provide a transparent remedy of all of the significant difficulties inside a chronological framework.
The e-book covers:

  • the major literary assets: Aristotle, Diodorus, Herodotus, Plutarch, Thucydides and Xenophon
  • Greek political and armed forces background from the 8th century to Alexander's conquest of Persia.

To ease knowing, the ebook additionally contains maps, a word list of Greek phrases and an entire bibliography.

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Such an ill-considered provocative policy, especially as a major Athenian force was away fighting in Sicily and the Spartans had renewed the war in 413 by occupying Decelea, ultimately brought disaster to Athens by drawing the Persians into the war on the side of the Spartans. Yet Thucydides barely mentions this aspect of Athenian foreign policy, and it is reasonable to presume that Thucydides only recognized the importance of Persia too late, and died before he could rectify his error. 20) and even lists some of Athens’ financial resources in 431 of Thoudippos (see Chapter 16), unless he did not wish to praise the so-called ‘demagogues’ for solving Athens’ economic problems in the mid420s, which Pericles had failed to foresee.

60– 4). In reality, there is no absolutely reliable method of assessing how far Thucydides adapted, added to, or even invented the speeches in his history. ’, in much the same way as his attribution of motive is to be judged (see above paragraph), then it is possible to make selective use of them. From the historian’s point of view, Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War has two serious weaknesses: his (lack of) coverage of Persian involvement in the war, and his limited and superficial treatment of economic factors in the war.

The final major criticism of Xenophon the ‘historian’ is his inability to provide an effective analysis of the events in his narrative. 1), rather than recognize the brilliant new tactics of the Thebans under Epaminondas and provide an explanation for the drastic diminution of Spartan manpower which was also a major cause of their defeat. 3) and launched their first devastating invasion of the Peloponnese in 370/69. 11–21), led directly to Epaminondas’ invasion and the subsequent curtailment of Spartan power during the 360s.

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