This stimulating new study provides a narrative of the monumental conflict of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, and examines the realities of the war and its effects on the average Athenian.
A penetrating new study of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta by an established scholar
Offers an original interpretation of how and why the war began
Weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes in order to give readers a new sense of how the war affected the individual
Discusses the practicalities and realities of the war
Examines the blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement in Athens despite the war
Challenges the approach of Thucydides in his account of the war
Lawrence A. Tritle is Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has previously taught at Loyola University, Chicago and UCLA as visiting Professor of History. He is the author or editor of eight books on Greek history, including Phocion the Good (1988) and From Melos to My Lai (2000), as well as numerous articles on various aspects of the ancient world. He has served on the editorial board of the Ancient History Bulletin (1996 2003) and as president of the International Plutarch Society (1997-1999).
List of illustrations viii List of maps x List of abbreviations xi Chronology xiii Acknowledgments xix Preface xxi Prelude a band of brothers 1 1 From this the Corinthians developed their bitter hatred for the Athenians 4 2 Give the Greeks their freedom 25 3 Our city is an education to Greece 44 4 War is a violent teacher 67 5 Spindles would be worth a lot 85 6 Weeping for joy 111 7 The strong do what they have the power to do 132 8 What of us then who for our children must weep? 144 9 The whole of Greece against Athens 165 10 Ships gone . . . don t know what to do 186 11 Athens is taken 205 12 Here s to the noble Critias! 223 Epilogue 241 Appendix A: A note on sources 243 Appendix B: Who s who in the Peloponnesian War 248 Appendix C: A Peloponnesian War glossary 258 Bibliography 263 Index 275