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Landmark Thucydides
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2009
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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on 3 March 2015
It is a fantastic book, most likely the best edition ever made of Thucydides' book. The maps and other appendices really help to understand the whole story better.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2005
This book is undoubtedly valuable for its regular maps, however patronising they may be (for example, indicating which country is Greece on every map); its chronology and chapter summaries are also very useful.
However, the translation is TERRIBLE. It is virtually unreadable. It does not sound like English, and will cause more problems in comprehension than it elucidates. If you pick any page of the translation (especially one containing speeches), you will find it replete with convoluted syntax and apparent nonsense.
Strassler has used the 1874 translation by Crawley and updated parts of it (e.g., shortening sentences) but this is a poor substitute for a good translation. As the Penguin translation by Warner shows, it is eminently possible to make Thucydides readable, despite Thucydides' own complexities, which Crawley magnifies and worsens under the guise of fidelity.
Thucydides may be hard, but did we really need this translation making it harder? Buy this for the maps, but otherwise steer well clear.
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