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Thucydides

Updated: May 30

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The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must


If [my history] should be judged useful by those enquiries who desire an exact knowledge of the past an an aid to the interpretation of the future ... I shall be content

I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time


Of the gods we believe, and of men we know, that by a ncessary law of their nature they rule wherever they can

Thucydides was an ancient Greek historian and general who lived during the 5th century BCE. He is best known for his work "History of the Peloponnesian War," which recounts the conflict between Athens and Sparta, known as the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BCE). Thucydides' writing is characterized by its analytical approach, attention to detail, and emphasis on the human elements of war and politics.


In his "History," Thucydides seeks to provide an accurate and impartial account of the war, based on his firsthand experiences and meticulous research. He explores the causes and dynamics of the conflict, examining the political, military, and diplomatic factors that shaped its course. Thucydides is also notable for his exploration of power dynamics, the role of fear and self-interest in politics, and the unpredictable nature of human behavior in times of crisis.


Thucydides' work has had a profound influence on the study of history and political theory, inspiring generations of scholars and thinkers. His emphasis on the importance of understanding the past to navigate the present and anticipate the future remains relevant today. Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War" stands as one of the seminal works of Western historiography, admired for its depth of insight, narrative skill, and enduring relevance.

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