The Peloponnesian War 431–404bc - Osprey
Author: Philip de Souza
96 pages - PDF - 28 mb
It is a testament to the fascination of the subject that even today the events of the Peloponnesian War are studied for what they can teach about diplomacy, strategy and tactics.
This book reveals the darker side of Classical Greek civilization.
From the horrific effects of overcrowding and the plague on the population of Athens, to the vicious civil strife that often erupted in cities allied with Athens or Sparta, this volume offers vivid and at times disturbing insights into the impact of warfare on the people who are celebrated as the founders of Western civilization.
Background to war: The rise of Athens
Warring sides: Athens and Sparta
Outbreak: Fear and suspicion lead to war
The fighting: The first twenty years
Portrait of a soldier: A ship’s captain at war
The world around war: Politics and culture
Portrait of a civilian: Hipparete, an Athenian citizen woman
How the war ended: The fall of Athens
Conclusion and consequences: The triumph of Sparta?
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