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HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR

by 
Thucydides

translated by Richard Crawley

[ABRIDGED VERSION]

Editor's Note

The History of the Peloponnesian War (Crawley translation) is available here is an abridged version prepared by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC (now Vancouver Island University), for use of Liberal Studies and Classics students. This e-text includes about one third of Thucydides' complete work.

Note that in these selections there are a number of silent changes to Crawley's text, apart from the omissions. These affect certain names: Sparta and Spartan have replaced Lacedaemonia and Lacedaemonian, Troy has replaced Ilium, Persian has replaced Median, and so on. Moreover, some of Crawley's longer paragraphs have been broken up into shorter units. There are also a few explanatory editorial insertions (indicated by square brackets and italics), headings for different sections and for well known set speeches, and numbers indicating the appropriate year of the event described.  The paragraphs have also been numbered for ease of reference.

This document is in the public domain and may be used by anyone, in whole or in part, without permission and without charge.

For questions, comments, suggestions please contact Ian Johnston.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION I: Background to and Preparations for War

Chapter I
The State of Greece from the Earliest Times to the Commencement of the Peloponnesian War

CHAPTER II
Causes of the War - The Affair of Epidamnus - The Affair of Potidaea

CHAPTER III
Congress of the Peloponnesian Confederacy at Sparta

CHAPTER IV
From the end of the Persian to the beginning of the Peloponnesian War - The Progress from Supremacy to Empire

CHAPTER V
Second Congress at Sparta Preparations for War and Diplomatic Skirmishes - Cylon Pausanias Themistocles

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SECTION II: The Outbreak of Hostilities and the Early Part of the War

CHAPTER VI
Beginning of the Peloponnesian War - First Invasion of Attica - Funeral Oration of Pericles

CHAPTER VII
Second Year of the War - The Plague of Athens- Position and Policy of Pericles Fall of Potidaea

CHAPTER VIII
Third Year of the War - Investment of Plataea - Naval Victories of Phormio - Thracian Irruption into Macedonia under Sitalces

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SECTION III: Consequences of War

CHAPTER IX
Fourth and Fifth Years of the War - Revolt of Mytilene

CHAPTER X
Fifth Year of the War - Trial and Execution of the Plataeans - Corcyraean Revolution

CHAPTER XI
Sixth Year of the War - Campaigns of Demosthenes in Western Greece - Ruin of Ambracia

CHAPTER XII
Seventh Year of the War - Occupation of Pylos - Surrender of the Spartan Army in Sphacteria

CHAPTER XIII
Seventh and Eighth Years of the War - End of Corcyraean Revolution - Peace of Gela - Capture of Nisaea

CHAPTER XIV
Eighth and Ninth Years of the War - Invasion of Boeotia - Fall of Amphipolis - Brilliant Successes of Brasidas

CHAPTER XV
Tenth Year of the War - Death of Cleon and Brasidas - Peace of Nicias

CHAPTER XVI.
Feeling against Sparta in Peloponnese - League of the Mantineans, Eleans, Argives, and Athenians - Battle of Mantinea and breaking up of the League

CHAPTER XVII.
Sixteenth Year of the War - The Melian Conference - Fate of Melos

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SECTION IV: The Sicilian Expedition

CHAPTER XVIII
. Seventeenth Year of the War - The Sicilian Campaign - Affair of the Hermae - Departure of the Expedition

CHAPTER XIX.
Seventeenth Year of the War - Parties at Syracuse - Story of Harmodius and Aristogiton - Disgrace of Alcibiades

CHAPTER XX
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of the War - Inaction of the Athenian Army Alcibiades at Sparta - Investment of Syracuse

CHAPTER XXI
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Years of the War - Arrival of Gylippus at Syracuse - Fortification of Decelea - Successes of the Syracusans

CHAPTER XXII
Nineteenth Year of the War - Arrival of Demosthenes - Defeat of the Athenians at Epipolae - Folly and Obstinancy of Nicias

CHAPTER XXIII
Nineteenth Year of the War - Battles in the Great Harbour - Retreat and Annihilation of the Athenian Army

CHAPTER XXIV
Nineteenth and Twentieth Years of the War - Revolt of Ionia - Intervention of Persia - The War in Ionia

CHAPTER XXV
Twentieth and Twenty - first Years of the War - Intrigues of Alcibiades - Withdrawal of the Persian Subsidies - Oligarchical Coup d'Etat at Athens - Patriotism of the Army at Samos

CHAPTER XXVI
Twenty-first Year of the War - Recall of Alcibiades to Samos - Revolt of Euboea and Downfall of the Four Hundred - Battle of Cynossema

[EDITOR'S EPILOGUE]

 


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