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The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict 431-404 BC
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on 19 January 2018
Donald Kagan writes a casual history of the Peloponnesian War to compliment his exhaustive, authoritative 4-book series on the same subject. A must buy for anyone who just wants to sit, read and be amazed/horrified at the brutality and familiarity of (what was then) the greatest war of the ancient world.
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on 6 June 2016
This is not a translation of Thucydides account, but a historical description of the War(s) from various sources, including Thucydides himself, of course. It is a very informative book written in a proper historian's style. Highly recommended.
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on 12 April 2016
Excellent book to read easy to understand a very important part of Greek history.
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on 3 October 2017
enlightening
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on 2 October 2017
I've read this multiple times. Great book.
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on 16 December 2012
One of the best history books I've ever read. Clear, concise explanations of the causes, politics, military strategies, outcomes and consequences of the Peloponnesian conflict, the book is pitched just right for the interested student of ancient Greek warfare but without the requirement to be a military or historical scholar. Extremely enjoyable and informative.
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on 27 March 2015
Very helpful and interesting work from a real expert.
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on 2 April 2015
Listen to Donald Kagan's lectures at Yale and then read this book. Full of detail and incident that bring the events to life.
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on 28 June 2013
What Kagan has carefully crafted is a summary of Thucydides' work. Kagan also helps us better understand the politics behind the conflict, but he also powerfully conveys how it brutally destroyed Greece of antiquity.
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on 7 May 2008
The Peloponnesian Wars were something I had heard of but had never studied so I sought out a book to illuminate things for me. Kagan's book couldn't have been a better choice.

This is a highly engaging account of the savage wars between Sparta and Athens after the famous Persian invasions and before the rise of Macedonia and Alexander. Demonstrating my true ignorance on the area, many famous names rear their heads such as Pericles and Lysander and I never realised these were real people rather than dramatic ciphers for the stage! Kagan brings them all marvellously to life and mixes the social impact with battles than turn the tide one way then another.

A big issue in many history books is the assumption of your intimate knowledge of the topography being discussed often leaving the reader a little baffled. However in this book there is a plethora of maps allowing you to understand why certain armies went to certain areas.

This is a fascinating period of history and it's further remarkable that so much art and literature was created during such a violent time. This is a fabulous book that absolutely does justice to the period.

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