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CLAS 3387 Thucydides (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

If Herodotus is the Father of History, Thucydides is the father of the modern study of history. In this class, we will read generous selections from his history in Greek, and the entire work in English. Much of our attention will be given to untangling Thucydides’ difficult Greek, but we will also spend as much time as possible exploring issues central to the work: the nature of power; the interplay of justice and expediency; the place of morality in international relations; the character of Greek warfare; Thucydides’ views of religion, democracy, and finance; and historiography itself — how to write it, and how to read it.


Instructor(s): Kendra Eshleman

Prerequisites: Two years of ancient Greek

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Last Updated: 21-Mar-17