History of the Peloponnesian War (Book)

May, Ernest
May 1955
New Republic;5/9/55, Vol. 132 Issue 19, p17
The article focuses on the book "History of the Peloponnesian War." Reading lessons from the war between Athens,Greece and Sparta, Greece is, of course, an old recreation. Eighteenth century revolutionaries, more classics-conscious than class-conscious, called France the new Athens. The contest between cultures, indeed, was not even authors' theme, and the modern who seeks a mystical link with the past had better go to Herodotus than to the grim, realistic historian of the Peloponnesian war. Reading the Spartan debate, one wonders if the principle of resisting aggression is itself sufficient, if the fitness of the label "aggression" is the only necessary test to determine the justness of war.


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