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The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content. In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War, Book I

Thucydides

translated by Richard Crawley

Table of Contents

The First Book

CHAPTER I
The State of Greece from the earliest Times to the Commencement of the Peloponnesian War

CHAPTER II
Causes of the War - The Affair of Epidamnus - The Affair of Potidaea

CHAPTER III
Congress of the Peloponnesian Confederacy at Lacedaemon

CHAPTER IV
From the end of the Persian to the beginning of the Peloponnesian War - The Progress from Supremacy to Empire

CHAPTER V
Second Congress at Lacedaemon - Preparations for War and Diplomatic Skirmishes - Cylon - Pausanias - Themistocles


The Second Book

CHAPTER VI
Beginning of the Peloponnesian War - First Invasion of Attica - Funeral Oration of Pericles

CHAPTER VII
Second Year of the War - The Plague of Athens - Position and Policy of Pericles - Fall of Potidaea

CHAPTER VIII
Third Year of the War - Investment of Plataea - Naval Victories of Phormio - Thracian Irruption into Macedonia under Sitalces


The Third Book

CHAPTER IX
Fourth and Fifth Years of the War - Revolt of Mitylene

CHAPTER X
Fifth Year of the War - Trial and Execution of the Plataeans - Corcyraean Revolution

CHAPTER XI
Year of the War - Campaigns of Demosthenes in Western Greece - Ruin of Ambracia


The Fourth Book

CHAPTER XII
Seventh Year of the War - Occupation of Pylos - Surrender of the Spartan Army in Sphacteria

CHAPTER XIII
Seventh and Eighth Years of the War - End of Corcyraean Revolution - Peace of Gela - Capture of Nisaea

CHAPTER XIV
Eighth and Ninth Years of the War - Invasion of Boeotia - Fall of Amphipolis - Brilliant Successes of Brasidas


The Fifth Book

CHAPTER XV
Tenth Year of the War - Death of Cleon and Brasidas - Peace of Nicias

CHAPTER XVI
Feeling against Sparta in Peloponnese - League of the Mantineans, Eleans, Argives, and Athenians - Battle of Mantinea and breaking up of the League

CHAPTER XVII
Sixteenth Year of the War - The Melian Conference - Fate of Melos


The Sixth Book

CHAPTER XVIII
Seventeenth Year of the War - The Sicilian Campaign - Affair of the Hermae - Departure of the Expedition

CHAPTER XIX
Seventeenth Year of the War - Parties at Syracuse - Story of Harmodius and Aristogiton - Disgrace of Alcibiades

CHAPTER XX
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of the War - Inaction of the Athenian Army - Alcibiades at Sparta - Investment of Syracuse


The Seventh Book

CHAPTER XXI
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Years of the War - Arrival of Gylippus at Syracuse - Fortification of Decelea - Successes of the Syracusans

CHAPTER XXII
Nineteenth Year of the War - Arrival of Demosthenes - Defeat of the Athenians at Epipolae - Folly and Obstinancy of Nicias

CHAPTER XXIII
Nineteenth Year of the War - Battles in the Great Harbour - Retreat and Annihilation of the Athenian Army


The Eighth Book

CHAPTER XXIV
Nineteenth and Twentieth Years of the War - Revolt of Ionia - Intervention of Persia - The War in Ionia

CHAPTER XXV
Twentieth and Twenty - first Years of the War - Intrigues of Alcibiades - Withdrawal of the Persian Subsidies - Oligarchical Coup d’Etat at Athens - Patriotism of the Army at Samos

CHAPTER XXVI
Twenty-first Year of the War - Recall of Alcibiades to Samos - Revolt of Euboea and Downfall of the Four Hundred - Battle of Cynossema

Preliminary Observations on Thucydides, Ian Johnston

Kallet-Marx, Lisa. Money, Expense, and Naval Power in Thucydides' History 1-5.24. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft3s2005h6/


Robert B. Strassler ed., The Landmark Thucydides: a Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (The Free Press, 1996) ISBN 0-684-82815-4

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