- helpful votes
The Peloponnesian War
- By: Donald Kagan
- Narrated by: Bill Wallace
- Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
For almost three decades at the end of the fifth century BC the ancient world was torn apart in a conflict that was, within its historical context, as dramatic, divisive, and destructive as the great world wars of the 20th century. The Peloponnesian War pitted Greek against Greek: the Athenians, with their glorious empire, rich legacy of democracy and political rights, and extraordinary cultural achievement, against the militaristic, oligarchic Spartan state.
Just The Facts And You Will Need Maps
- By Nikoli Gogol on 01-22-12
Fascinating story, and well told
Though it will help to come into this book with at least a basic understanding of the Greco-Persian War that preceded the events described as well as the geography of the Aegean and ancient Greece, this is as thorough and elegant a telling of a massive turbulent event that you'll find in popular history.