The Peloponnesian War Author:Thucydides Translated by Rex Warner. — 'My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever.' — Written nearly four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed comtemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling i... more »ts author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c. 455-400 B.C.) was an Athenian and fought in the war, about which he writes with an almost unique blend of scientific detachment and human compassion. This vigorous translation was specially done for the Penguin Classics by Rex Warner.
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