What era of Greece did Thucydides live in?


What era of Greece did Thucydides live in?


Thucydides was an Athenian general who fought in the Peloponnesian War but is primarily known for being the father of the "historical method." As a historian, Thucydides implemented a form of impartiality and evidence gathering and analysis that gave a more nuanced and accurate understanding of historical moments. Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounted the conflict between Athens and Sparta, is widely considered one of the greatest historical texts in ancient history.

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Thucydides lived during the Classical Period of Greek history.

Though it is unknown exactly when he was born and when he died, historians and...

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Peloponnesian War and Thucydides


Chapter 3 / Lesson 4

This lecture covers the Peloponnesian War. First we enumerate the causes of the war. Then we examine Pericles' plan to win it. We see how Pericles' plan eventually fell apart and how the Athenians struggled without leadership until their eventual destruction at the hands of the Spartans.

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