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The Peloponnesian War
- By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
- Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
- Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
- Original Recording
The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.
Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...
- By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16
Fantastic overview of the war and ancient Greece
Harl enriches the story of the war with thoughtful analysis and makes it accessible to those with little to no knowledge of the war.
Harl does a great job of explaining the context and implications of Thucydides' history of the war. I really appreciated the extensive introduction to the politics and cultures of the Greek city states in the century prior to the war. Harl builds upon this when explaining why the war took the course it did and this really deepened my understanding of the events.
In describing the war, his accounting is detailed without being overburdened by minutia; However, it is a listen that requires attentiveness as there are many strange names and obscure places to keep track of.