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The Peloponnesian War, Part I

Lecture no. 19 from the course: Ancient Greek Civilization

The Peloponnesian War, Part I

Taught by Professor Jeremy McInerney | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The Peloponnesian War, 431–404 B.C.E., was a contest between Athens and Sparta, the two most powerful states in Greece. Thucydides, an Athenian general, wrote his observations and attempted to analyze scientifically the causes of the war. His account remains important not only because it is remarkably detailed, but because Thucydides saw the gap between societal ideals and the realities of power.

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