The pentecontaetia (pentekontætia, πεντηκονταετία) or “the account of the fifty years” is a term first used by thucydides to describe, in book 1, sections 89 to 117 (189-117) of his history of the peloponnesian war, the period between the battle of plataea in 479 bce to the start. How thucydides wrote his history by william k prentice t nhe question whether thucydides wrote his history of the peloponnesian war on rolls, of papyrus or of some other mate- rial, or on flat sheets, has an important bearing on some of the. Thucydides was a greek historian who was born in alimos between the years 460 and 455 bc and died between 411 and 400 bc he is known for his book the history of the peloponnesian war which details the war between sparta and athens in the 5th century. Thucydides history of the peloponnesian war thucydides, an athenian, wrote the history of the war between the peloponnesians and the athenians, beginning at the moment that it broke out, and believing that it would be a great war and more worthy of relation than any that had preceded it this belief was not. (c455–c400 bc), greek historian he is remembered for his history of the peloponnesian war, which analyses the origins and course of the war he fought in the conflict on the athenian side.
Thucydides' methodology (from the archaeology, 11-23) why thucydides writes his history - purpose-he says nothing about preserving glory (kleos), but that the war was more worthy of recording than any other war that had proceeded it. A continuation of thucydides' history was written by xenophon, and is called hellenica panorama of amphipolis there is an ancient biography of thucydides by one marcellinus, but it is essentially unreliable, although the detail that his works were published by his daughter is so odd that it can hardly be invented. The history of the peloponnesian war, also known as histories, recounts the war between the athenian alliance (called the delian league by modern historians) and sparta and its allies (called the peloponnesian league by modern historians), which took place from 431-404 bc composed in the 5th century bc by thucydides (c 460-400), it is the. Thucydides is considered to be one of the great fathers of western history, thus making his methodology the subject of much analysis in area of historiography chronology thucydides is one of the first western historians to employ a strict standard of chronology, recording events by year, with each year consisting of the summer campaign season and a less active winter season.
Thucydides lived so long ago that history as something that we read and write about was still a new concept herodotus, the man considered to be the 'father of history,' was only in his early 20s. His history of the first conflict, 431–421, was nearly complete thucydides was still at work on this when the war spread to sicily and into a conflict (415–413) likewise complete in his awful and brilliant record, though not fitted into the whole. This post is based on my recollection of those classes, kagan’s four-volume history of the war, and his biography of thucydides incidentally, it’s amazing to me that this real-life drama has. The history of the peloponnesian war by thucydides written 431 bce translated by richard crawley.
Although very much the intellectual inferior of thucydides, xenophon managed by imitation to infuse this part of his hellenica (his continuation to 362 bc of the history of thucydides) with an elevation absent in the rest of his work. For a man so long dead, thucydides is rarely out of the news a recent politico article discusses the influence of thucydides and the peloponnesian war on the trump white house, with reference to graham allison’s recent briefing of the national security council on his new book, destined for war. History of the peloponnesian war thucydides & the peloponnesian war the peloponnesian war was a conflict between athens and sparta—the two leading ancient greek city states—and their respective allies.
Thucydides: thucydides, greatest of ancient greek historians and author of the history of the peloponnesian war, which recounts the struggle between athens and sparta in the 5th century bc his work was the first recorded political and moral analysis of a nation’s war policies. In writing his history of the peloponnesian war, thucydides looked for human causes behind results and refused to credit the gods with responsibility for the acts of human beings impartially he. In thucydides’, the history of the peloponnesian war, there are many themes that are illustrated throughout various passages one major theme can be found in book 2, chapter 53, where thucydides describes the situation in athens after it had been stricken with plague during the peloponnesian war. Thucydides wrote his history of the peloponnesian war in almost impossibly difficult greek maybe the contorted language has something to do with the novelty of his enterprise writing at the end of the fifth century bc, he was attempting something never done before: an aggressively rational.
Unlike his near-contemporary herodotus (author of the other great ancient greek history), thucydides’ topic was his own time he relied on the testimony of eyewitnesses and his own experiences. Thucydides was an athenian general and historian, most notable for his work known as the history of the peloponnesian war whilst herodotus, a near-contemporary of his, is often hailed as the father of history , thucydides himself has been dubbed the father of scientific history. Perspective that thucydides took to write history of the peloponnesian war gave his work, on a first read, the impression that his opinion was removed to provide an objective analysis of the destruction of the greatness of athens over the period of the war. Thucydides (c 460/455 - 399/398 bce) was an athenian general who wrote the contemporary history of the peloponnesian war between athens and sparta.
Thucydides' history of the peloponnesian war is one the best books ever written on war it is also very long and hard to digest without proper context, particularly for the first time reader. Thucydides wrote only one work, the remarkable history of the peloponnesian war his history is a painstaking description of the events of the war between athens and sparta, which he describes as the greatest and most terrible war known to him (ii, i23. Pericles' funeral oration is a speech written by thucydides for his history of the peloponnesian war pericles delivers the oration not only to bury the dead, but to praise democracy the people of athens, including those from the countryside whose land was being pillaged by their enemies, were kept.