First published in 1907 and reissued in 1965, this is a fascinating study of Thucydides’s History. Thucydides set out to write a truthful account of the Pelopennesian war, but his work reflects his Athenian fourth-century B.C. context, which was of a particular interest to Cornford. In this fascinating title, Cornford analyses the causes of the war as shown by Thucydides and other sources, and then goes on to comment on the History.
Table of Contents
Part I: Thucydides Historicus 1. The Causes of the War 2. Athenian Parties Before the War 3. The Megarian Decrees 4. The Western Policy 5. Thucydides’ Conception of History; Part II: Thucydides Mythicus Introductory 6. The Luck of Pylos 7. The Most Violent of the Citizens 8. Mythistoria and the Drama 9. Peitho 10. The Melian Dialogue 11. The Lion’s Whelp 12. Eros Tyrannus 13. The Tragic Passions 14. The Cause of the War; Index; Plates