Thucydides was an ancient Greek historian and author of the 'History of the Peloponnesian War,' which recounts the 5th-century BC war between Sparta and Athens. This work is a seminal contribution to the field of history, as Thucydides is often considered the father of scientific history due to his strict standards of evidence-gathering and analysis in terms of cause and effect. Unlike his predecessor Herodotus, who included many anecdotal and mythological elements, Thucydides' approach was analytical and focused on factual accuracy. His work remains a key primary source for the study of classical Athens and its political and military history.


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  1. 1. The History of the Peloponnesian War

    This book is a historical account of the Peloponnesian War between the city-states of Athens and Sparta in ancient Greece. The author, an Athenian general, provides a detailed narrative of the war, its causes, and its consequences, offering valuable insights into the political and social dynamics of the time. The work is considered a pioneering piece in the field of history due to its rigorous methodology and critical analysis of events.

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