A New History of the Peloponnesian War
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A New History of the Peloponnesian War is an ebook-only omnibus edition that includes all four volumes of Donald Kagan's acclaimed account of the war between Athens and Sparta (431–404 B.C.): The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War, The Archidamian War, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition, and The Fall of the Athenian Empire. Reviewing the four-volume set in The New Yorker, George Steiner wrote, "The temptation to acclaim Kagan's four volumes as the foremost work of history produced in North America in the twentieth century is vivid. . . . Here is an achievement that not only honors the criteria of dispassion and of unstinting scruple which mark the best of modern historicism but honors its readers."
All four volumes are also sold separately as both print books and ebooks.
a decade earlier, that there was no development in his thinking, that like the Bourbons of the French Restoration, he learned nothing and forgot nothing. His vehement insistence that there should be no diversionary campaigns in the Peloponnesian War may well have resulted from the bitter memory of the disastrous end to the Egyptian campaign, which he had supported as a young man. Nor should we be surprised to find him supporting a policy of vigorous activity against Persia. His father had helped
was to promote oligarchy and defend it against its enemies. "The Lacedaemonians did not lead by holding their allies subject by the payment of tribute; instead they took care that they were governed by oligarchies in a manner conformable to Spartan interests." 15 The alliance that Sparta led into the fifth century, the nucleus of the grand coalition that turned back the Persian invasion, was founded on Spartan military might and bound together by a mutual distrust of Argos as well as a common
end to the troubles of the Sybarites. After a while, they "were destroyed by the Athenians and other Greeks, who, although they had come to live with them, despised them so much that they not only killed them but moved the city to another place and called it Thurii." 13 Diodorus provides some additional details. The old Sybarites, it seems, claimed special rights for themselves: political, social, and economic. This enraged the other settlers and led to the slaughter and expulsion of the
for the erudition and wisdom of its author and for the daring brilliance of the concept, which draws on a remarkably scattered and disparate body of evidence. Scholars who have written on Thurii since Wade-Gery, however, have not accepted his theory. See De Sanctis, Pericle, 169- 170, Gomme, Hist. Comm., I, 386-387, Cloche AC, XIV (1945), 100, n. 1, Ehrenberg, AJP, LXIX (1948), 159- 163, and Wentker, Sizilien und Athen, 86-87 for explicit rebuttals. The authors of ATL ( III, 305, n. 20), of which
in Samian affairs. Diodorus says that the Samians fought the Milesians because they "saw that the Athenians inclined toward the Milesians," but it is hard to know just what that means. Even if his report is accurate, we do not know whether the Athenians favor towards the Milesians was based on the facts of the dispute or on prejudice and their own advantage. None of our sources tells us the rights and wrongs of the dispute over Priene. Whatever the truth may be, the Samian refusal of arbitration