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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Masterpiece
According to strategist Colin Gray: "If Thucydides, Sun-Tzu, and Clausewitz did not say it, it probably is not worth saying." (Colin Gray, Fighting Talk: Maxim 14) Although that might be a bit of an overstatement, it is undoubtedly true that "The Peloponnesian War" is a real masterpiece. In it, Thucydides describes the war between Athena and archrival Sparta (433-405 BC)...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version does not work well
I purchased the Kindle version of this book but unfortunately it does not work well on Kindle. There are a number of errors in the text, presumably resulting from the transfer process. More seriously, much of the added-value referred to in the introduction - such as detailed annotations and cross-references - does not work on the Kindle. For example, the text is full...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Masterpiece, 15 Aug. 2011
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M. T. J. Vrenken (The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Landmark Thucydides (Hardcover)
According to strategist Colin Gray: "If Thucydides, Sun-Tzu, and Clausewitz did not say it, it probably is not worth saying." (Colin Gray, Fighting Talk: Maxim 14) Although that might be a bit of an overstatement, it is undoubtedly true that "The Peloponnesian War" is a real masterpiece. In it, Thucydides describes the war between Athena and archrival Sparta (433-405 BC) between 433 and 411 BC, where the book abruptly stops. The rest of the book being either lost or never written, although the writer surely did survive the war and - probably - died in the mid-390s.

In "The Landmark Thucydides", (editor) Robert Strassler has done everybody a huge favor, in making this book as accessible as possible. The book is heavily annotated, littered with maps and completed with annexes on subjects such as Land Warfare, Trireme Warfare, Spartan Institutions, Greek Currency and Religious Festivals.

The Peloponnesian War is not always easy to read, littered as it is with names of places, tribes, cities and coalitions, but some of the longer stories of the war a particularly rewarding (like the fatal Athenian expedition to Sicily). Also the 'Melian Dialogue' ("... the strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must.") is considered the classical example of die-hard Realpolitik.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic made clear, 18 Jan. 1999
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It is hard to imagine, no, I cannot imagine, a clearer, more lucid setting out of a great classic work. Strassler's abundant maps, well-thought-out appendices and helpful footnotes clear the path for the reader through an absolutely gripping, but not always transparent, work.
First credit must go, of course, to Thucydides for his monumental effort, his mastery of an enormously complex chronicle of events and his profound insights into the personalities and the political interests which impelled the events of the war. But Strassler has provided the means for any interested amateur reader of history to enjoy fully and at first reading this marvelous epic. This is perhaps the best presentation of a classic work I have ever encountered. Well done!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you own one book on Thucydides, make sure it's this one., 1 Feb. 1999
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This is the best way for the non-scholar to approach Thucydides. This volume has it's own built in atlas! Every town,village or city mentioned is indexed with one of the books maps! There's almost a map on every other page. Every reference in the text is explained. The only problem is that all you get is Thucydides. If you want a modern history of this war, get Donald Kagan's history of the Peloponnesian war. It's an excellent history and makes a nice set with The Landmark Thucydides.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version does not work well, 12 July 2011
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I purchased the Kindle version of this book but unfortunately it does not work well on Kindle. There are a number of errors in the text, presumably resulting from the transfer process. More seriously, much of the added-value referred to in the introduction - such as detailed annotations and cross-references - does not work on the Kindle. For example, the text is full of references to notes, but the notes are all bundled together at the end of each chapter without numbers and no way of relating them to the text. I am a big fan of Kindle but I am very disappointed with this purchase. I bought this book because I find the small print of many books easier to read on Kindle, but I shall stick to fiction in future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book., 18 Mar. 1999
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For those seeking to understand the nature of war and human behavior in war, this is the book to read. The story of greed and ambition - and the adverse effects it can have on policy - threads its way through the book. Thucydides' remark, "I have written this work, not as an essay which is to win applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time" is a very appropriate statement. The eternity of Thucydides' work is evident in the similarities of policy and war today as compared to the author's world. The numerous maps and footnoting within this book, makes it much easier to comprehend than other accounts of the Peloponnesian War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The Landmark Thucydides", 11 April 2012
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PAULO J PERES (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Excellent value for money. Clearly organised and concise. Language has been adapted for ease of reading without loss of accuracy. Illustrated with the just the right amount of maps - they are really informative and succint. The maps help position the reader in context across the whole book and also where he/she is in the historical events so brilliantly narrated by Thucydides. Cross references with other parts of the book are also quite helpful. A must-have item for political science, strategy and history students.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Translation for the Layman, 30 Sept. 1998
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When I first bought this book I was a little frightened. After all, Thucydides did not write for the common man. I mean a translation of a book from Ancient Greek seemed scary to me. But once I started reading this book the pages whizzed by.The introduction is not hard to read at all and that sets the setting for the book. Strassler excellently summarizes each chapter and makes even the toughest chapters easy to understand. The appendices make the book even easier to understand and comprehend. Thucydides was actually enjoyable. The footnotes were an extra help. Even if you do not get to read everyday, Strassler's book is fun to read. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in ancient history, military history, or any other type of history. Do not be intimidated.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book for Thucydides' enthusiasts, 6 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Landmark Thucydides (Hardcover)
A very special book to own. Reading Thucydides is a joy but some texts can leave you wondering exactly where or when events happened. Here, however, these details are available with dates and summaries on each page and frequent maps to pinpoint even obscure places. An excellent timeline is supplied with references to the text and eleven appendices to add to the understanding of the period. If you only want one book on the Peloponnesian War, this is the one to have.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, easily readable with the help of notes, maps, 8 Dec. 1998
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In spite of its daunting appearance, I have derived unique enjoyment from reading this edition. There is always a footnote appearing as soon as you feel the need for one; the frequent maps make it a joy to follow the military action; the appendices are a source of referral time and again; and, generally, the attention to detail is simply outstanding. Highly recommended!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best option for getting the most out of Thucydides, 11 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Landmark Thucydides (Hardcover)
This book does everything possible to let the reader keep track of the narrative without getting lost in all the details. The combination of cross references and maps means that you can instantly and easily dip into and out of the book, which is quite a feat given Thucydides' style.

The book itself is one of the greatest treasures of mankind. It is a book on the human condition and on human nature, and is truly a "book for all times". It's as relevant now as it was 2500 years ago. I guarantee that it will change your thinking on the world we live in, on human society, on government and on politics. It's the ultimate cure for those with revolutionary zeal.
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