Peloponnesian War

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Peloponnesian War

Post by General Shapur » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:54 pm

Hi All

I'm looking at some good reading on the Peloponnesian War.

Donald Kagans books get some good amazon reviews, would readers here consider this the best tome on the subject?

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Re: Peloponnesian War

Post by Gaznak » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:51 pm

Kagan's book is definitely worth a read.

I would pick up The Landmark Thucydides, which is a heavily annotated (lots of very helpful maps) edition of Thucydides' history and read it alongside a modern work like Kagan's for best results.

Alternatively, if you want something very military focused look into John Lazenby, if you want something a bit broader with some social history look into Lawrence Tritle.

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Re: Peloponnesian War

Post by toska » Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:24 pm

I recommend it.

I started directly with Thucydides, but in the middle of the book I had to leave it, it provided too much information on countless operations. It was a mess and he couldn't get a good perspective on me.

So I read Kagan's book. Agile and enjoyable reading. Unlike Thucydids, you will be able to gain a good perspective and understanding of the conflict. With that base you can go with Tucidides or you can also combine.

For me, the book has only one catch: It deals with hopplitic warfare, tactics, weapons ... that kind of thing. By this I am not saying that I do not explain the battles. They are well explained, it simply does not delve into the style of warfare.

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Re: Peloponnesian War

Post by SnuggleBunnies » Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:52 pm

Landmark Thucydides.

Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities by Hans van Wees
This one is controversial in parts but well worth the read.
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Re: Peloponnesian War

Post by NikiforosFokas » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:31 pm

Military Theory and Practice in the Age of Xenophon, by J.K. Anderson is maybe one of the best book around about this subject.
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Re: Peloponnesian War

Post by Barrold713 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:13 pm

A War Like No Other by Victor Davis Hanson is one I am enjoying right now.
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