The History of the Peloponnesian War
Thucydides, Crawley (Richard), Warrington (John)
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  1. The plan of this history is largely influenced by that of Attic tragedy. The drama, with its speeches corresponding to the chorus, moves from a prologue through each successive phase of hope and fear to its terrible conclusion.
  2. There are, in particular, three famous passages in which Thucydides rises to the supreme heights of dramatic narrative.
    1. The first is his description (ii. 47-53) of the pestilence at Athens in 430 B.C., from which he himself had suffered and the symptoms of which he records in a few breathless pages, though with the precision of a doctor.
    2. The second (in. 71-84) deals with the bloody revolution at Corcyra in 427 and its dreadful consequences.
    3. The third and greatest is his account (vii. 50-87) of the Syracusan disaster in 413. It is told with the utmost simplicity, but it is without parallel in literature, equal to the most tremendous climaxes of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

  • J M Dent, London, Everyman's Library; 1910, 1974 Reprint.
  • Translated by Richard Crawley; Introduction by John Warrington

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