Readings for Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War

Next week we are reading excerpts from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. You can find the “Funeral Oration” here, and the “Account of the Plague in Athens” here. We will be reading them for Tuesday. For those feeling ambitious, you should also read Pericles’ War Speech (This is a PDF; it is Thucydides’ account of the speech Pericles gave to the Athenians before the war started). You can also find the unabridged versions of Tuesday’s readings here and here. The unabridged versions contain interesting context, particularly for those interested in some of the events of the war.

The “Melian Dialogue” (to be discussed on Thursday) is here.


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