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Sunday, February 17, 2019

088 - Thucydides and Periclean Politics

In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the “Father of Scientific History”, Thucydides; and the domestic political scene in Athens in the late 440s and early 430s BC, including the ostracism of Thucydides (not the historian) and the series of personal and judicial attacks on Pericles and his three closest associates (Phidias, Aspasia, and Anaxagoras)

Supplementary Resources (Photos, Videos, Other Podcasts)

Video/Thucydides - Another Father of History?

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Photo/Ostrakon Bearing Pericles' Name

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History in the Making Episode 14 Helen of Athens - "A lone woman comes to Athens. In a span of six years she somehow becomes a household name. Meanwhile, Athens tries to find some more permanent peace solution with Sparta as they face rebellions across their territory. The first existential threat that Athens has had to face in decades is beginning to show its face. This episode covers approximately 450 BC – 440 BC."

History in the Making Episode 15 The Shrinking World - "The Greek world is getting smaller. Athens and Sparta are the sole dominating powers in Greece and cities are forced to consider what sides they will choose. The grandeur of Athens continues to allure as their wealth and power are demonstrated at the 4 year Panathenaic Festival while Sparta grapples for peace. It’s time to choose what side to join. This episode covers approximately 440 BC - 432 BC."

Bibliography for the Peloponnesian War:

Kagan, Donald. 1996. On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace. Anchor.

Kagan, Donald. 1998. Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy. Free Press.

Thucydides. Trans. Robert B. Strassler. 1998. Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. Free Press.

Kagan, Donald. 2004. The Peloponnesian War. Penguin Books.

Hanson, Victor Davis. 2006A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian WarRandom House Trade Paperbacks.

Plutarch. Trans. Robin Waterfield. 2009. Greek Lives. Oxford University Press.

Marincola, John. 2010. A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography. Wiley-Blackwell.

Rhodes, P.J. 2010. A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BC. Wiley-Blackwell.

Hornblower, Simon. 2011. The Greek World 479–323 BC. Routledge.

Roisman, Joseph and Yardley, J.C. 2011. Ancient Greece from Homer to Alexander: The Evidence. Wiley-Blackwell.

Lendon, J.E. 2012. 
Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins. Basic Books.

Powell, Anton. 2016. Athens and Sparta. Routledge.

Robert, Jennifer. 2017. The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta, and the Struggle for Ancient Greece (Ancient Warfare and Civilization). Oxford University Press.

Thucydides. Trans. Johanna Hanink. 2019. How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy. Princeton University Press.

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