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When was the history of the Peloponnesian War written?

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When was the history of the Peloponnesian War written?

Thucydides:

Thucydides was an ancient historian and Greek general who wrote about the first 30 years of the Peloponnesian War. He was able to provide a unique quality to this history because he was writing it as it happened.

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Thucydides began writing the history of the Peloponnesian War circa 424 BCE after being exiled from Greece for a failure in battle. Thucydides' used his own experiences and observations as well as first-hand sources that he interviewed. His history did not include the conclusion of the war, in 404 BCE. It is speculated that he died before he could complete the history, sometime after 411 BCE, which is where his writing left off.


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Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

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Chapter 3 / Lesson 4
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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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