Home » Ancient Greek Agnostics: Thucydides by Books LLC
Ancient Greek Agnostics: Thucydides Books LLC

Ancient Greek Agnostics: Thucydides

Books LLC

Published May 31st 2010
ISBN : 9781156277898
Paperback
28 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Thucydides (c. 460 BC c. 395 Be (Greek, Thoukydds) was a GreekMorePurchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Thucydides (c. 460 BC c. 395 Be (Greek, Thoukydds) was a Greek historian and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. Thucydides has been dubbed the father of scientific history because of his strict standards of evidence-gathering and analysis in terms of cause and effect without reference to intervention by the gods, as outlined in his introduction to his work. He has also been called the father of the school of political realism, which views the relations between nations as based on might rather than right. His classical text is still studied at advanced military colleges worldwide, and the Melian dialogue remains a seminal work of international relations theory. More generally, Thucydides showed an interest in developing an understanding of human nature to explain behaviour in such crises as plague, massacres, as in that of the Melians, and civil war. In spite of his stature as a historian, modern historians know relatively little about Thucydides life. The most reliable information comes from his own History of the Peloponnesian War, which expounds his nationality, paternity and native locality. Thucydides informs us that he fought in the war, contracted the plague and was exiled by the democracy.He may have also been involved in quelling the Samian Revolt . Thucydides identifies himself as an Athenian, telling us that his fathers name was Olorus and that he was from the Athenian deme of Halimous. He survived the Plague of Athens that killed Pericles and many other Athenians. He also records that he owned gold mines at Scapte Hyle (literally: Dug Woodland), a coastal area in Thrace, opposite the island of Thasos. The ruins of Amphipolis as ... More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=30864