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When was Thucydides born?

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When was Thucydides born?

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Thucydides was an Athenian magistrate and a Greek historian. After failing to defend Athens from Spartan forces, Thucydides was forced into exile. During this time, he wrote.

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Thucydides was born circa 460-455 BCE. Historians have deduced his birthyear to be around that time since Thucydides lived through the 430 BCE plague, commanded an Athenian fleet during the war in 424 BCE, and detailed events of the 431 through 404 BCE Peloponnesian War.

Thucydides was impacted by the plague, but he survived. Then, in 424, he was appointed as one of the ten military strategists, eventually commanding a losing fleet based on Thasos. Thucydides' text of the Peloponnesian War, History of the Peloponnesian War, was divided into 13 different books.

Thucydides died around 404 BCE.


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Peloponnesian War and Thucydides

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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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