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Author Tritle, Lawrence A., 1946-

Title A new history of the Peloponnesian War / Lawrence A. Tritle

Publ Info Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
 CCRI-Newport  DF229 .T74 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DF229 .T74 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxvi, 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"This new study by a respected historian provides a unique narrative of the Peloponnesian War, a monumental conflict between Athens and Sparta that raged for 27 years across the Greek world. The conflict's resulting destruction of cities, mass enslavements, and loss of human life - in short, the horrors of war - bears striking resemblance to the violence of modern war from the Western front to Vietnam. Despite these common factors, little attention has been paid to the contemporary nature of the Peloponnesian War and its impact on the society and culture of the time." "Incorporating an original interpretation of how and why the war developed, and a perceptive analysis of its conduct, Tritle weaves in the contemporary evidence of Aristophanes and other dramatists to illustrate how war affected the average Athenian. He discusses the toll taken by the violence on both the individual and society in light of modern understanding of war's brutality. He also relates how, in spite of the ongoing violence, Athens witnessed a blossoming of culture and intellectual achievement: the wartime dramas of Euripides and Sophocles, and the moral-ethical reflections of Socrates - a veteran soldier whose message dramatically reshaped Greek - and western - thought."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Greece -- History -- Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C
Greece -- History -- Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C. -- Influence
Greece -- History -- Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C. -- Historiography
Athens (Greece) -- Intellectual life
ISBN 9781405122504 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1405122501 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405122511 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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