Thucydides, Pericles, and the Idea of Athens in the Peloponnesian War is the first comprehensive study of Thucydides' presentation of Pericles' radical redefinition of the city of Athens during the Peloponnesian War. Martha Taylor argues that Thucydides subtly critiques Pericles' vision of Athens as a city divorced from the territory of Attica and focused, instead, on the sea and the empire. Thucydides shows that Pericles' reconceputalization of the city led the Athenians both to Melos and to Sicily. Toward the end of his work, Thucydides demonstrates that flexible thinking about the city exacerbated the Athenians' civil war. Providing a thorough critique and analysis of Thucydides' neglected book 8, Taylor shows that Thucydides praises political compromise centered around the traditional city in Attica. In doing so, he implicitly censures both Pericles and the Athenian imperial project itself.Read more
- This book is unusual in that a third of it focuses on the much-neglected eighth book of Thucydides
- Unlike most analyses of Thucydides and Pericles, this book argues that Thucydides critiques Pericles and his radical re-invention of the city of Athens
- Although fully engaging in the specialists' debates, the book is accessible to a wide readership and assumes no knowledge of Greek or of the history of the Peloponnesian War
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- Date Published: March 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107415409
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- contains: 3 b/w illus. 3 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Foundation levels
2. Pericles' city
3. The sea and the city
4. The city sets sail
5. The oligarchic city
6. The city on Samos.
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