Understanding Greek's Wars Book Review

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Military Type: Book Review Paper: #26392466 Related Topics: Greek Mythology, Greeks, Piracy, Ancient Greek
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Thucydides Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War history is based on the historical account of Peloponnesian War between 431 and 404 BC. The war was led by Athens (the Delian League), and the other led by Sparta within the Peloponnesian League. Thucydides (an Athenian historian) serving as a general in the war developed the focus of the battle.

Together with a lack of trust in Thucydides' information, the narration is not a firsthand experience as Homer's did. However, he uses poet's epics in inferring facts about Trojan War. For example, while Thucydides valued the amount of Greek ships to be over 1,000 towards Troy as poetic exaggeration, he engages Homer's ships catalog when approximating the presence of Greek soldiers. In addition, Thucydides claims that Homer refuses reference for United Greek states for pre-Hellenic nations through disjointed while organizing the launch of effective campaigns. Thucydides adds that Troy was to be conquered using half the time if only Greek leaders properly allocated resources and sustained larger portions of the army raids to gain supplies.

Furthermore, since the other circumstances contributing to the participants' conviction was the weakness of leadership during the ancient times. Prior the Trojan War, indications for common action did not exist in Hellas, and the universal name prevalence was not existent in son of Deucalion, Hellen. Such an appellation did not exist throughout the country where names from different tribes...


His narration of the armed conflict had wide consideration of the classic regard to early forms of scholarly history works.

Assessment of the History shows distinct occurrences in different camps. Various scholars perceive the period to have worked to achieve the scientific piece and objective of history. The J.B. Bury's judgment reflected in the traditional interpretation for the work with severity to the detachment as written through pure intellectualism and fundamental points-of-view. The situation and relationships unencumbered with moral judgments and platitudes as critical war lifelines.


Thucydides refers Homer as a frequent source of information, which adds on distanced clauses like Homer shown through sufficient evidence. Keeping up with recent interpretations are associated with criticism from reader responses. The History is understood as a literature above the objective record of the historical occurrences. This perception is enshrined within the articulation of W.R. Connor. Connor describes Thucydides as one of the artists responding to, selecting and skillfully arranging material to develop the emotional and symbolic potential. Irrespective of absence of gods within Thucydides' work, the content draws heavy content from Greek mythos inclosing Homer, who works with prominence within Greek mythology

From the excerpt, Homer's perspective of the war furnishes the appropriate proof for the situation. The period during the Trojan War presented more calls for naming and excepting followership of Achilles away from Phthiotis. However, it was not until the regime of Hellen and the sons that they developed strong leadership within Phthiotis and got invitations to be allies to other cities. They…

Sources Used in Documents:


1. Thucydides, Robert B. Strassler, and Richard Crawley. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. New York: Free Press, 1998.

Thucydides, Robert B. Strassler and Richard Crawley. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. (New York: Free Press, 1998), 502.

Thucydides, Robert B. Strassler, and Richard Crawley. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. (New York: Free Press, 1998), 231.

Thucydides, Robert B. Strassler, and Richard Crawley. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. (New York: Free Press, 1998), 132.

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