The Peloponnesian War
- Narrated by: Bill Wallace
- Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-30-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Now Donald Kagan, one of the world’s most respected historians, has written a new account of the Peloponnesian War—a lively, readable narrative that offers a richly detailed portrait of a vanished world while honoring its timeless relevance. In chronicling the rise and fall of a great empire, The Peloponnesian War illuminates the interplay of intelligence and chance in human affairs, the role of great individuals and masses of people in determining the course of events, and the potential of leadership and the limits within which it must operate. Among the brilliant portraits of extraordinary statesmen are those of Pericles, the greatest among the Athenians and a man determined to pursue a policy of deterrence, and the charismatic, duplicitous Alcibiades. Kagan captures the dynamic of war in his thrilling re-creations of some of the most famous military campaigns of antiquity.
With its fresh examination of a pivotal moment of Western civilization, The Peloponnesian War is a magisterial work of historiography—a chronicle of a dark time whose lessons are especially resonant today.
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By Nikoli Gogol on 01-22-12
Just The Facts And You Will Need Maps
I listened to this book in advance of reading Thucydides' "The Peloponnesian War".
The author presents the work in an objective manner, providing an account of what transpired and not engaging in polemics or comparing this war to others.
The story is impossible to follow without reference to maps. Just as an example, geographic place-names like Naupaktos, or Mthone, or Locris are bandied about and there is no way of knowing what the author is referring to without reference to maps. To remedy this, I borrowed Kagan's book from the library but though it has multiple maps, they are of poor quality. You are best off by following along with "The Landmark Thucydidies" by Robert Strassler. Pity that Audible did not provide a pdf file for maps and names.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By B. Leddy on 09-27-11
Good supplement to the real thing
Fills in a lot of gaps and holes that Thucydides does not explain to his 5th Century Greek audience. This book should be read only if you've labored through the real thing which is also available on audible.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful