By P. J. Rhodes
This super modern and a professional paintings is extra in-depth than an easy assessment. Rhodes is an article genius and offers the resource citations unobtrusively for each unmarried factor he says. you could therefore song down the foundation of each declare or assertion. His judgment is usually first-class on every little thing. As a graduate scholar getting ready for examinations i discovered it worthy. it is going to even be first-class for undergraduates. Its insurance of the interval is healthier than any related textbook i've got visible; even greater than Sealey's historical past of the Greek urban States, that is first-class additionally, and covers prior historical past in addition -- yet this is often larger.
Tiniest criticism: a (very) few typos, and the feedback for additional studying on the finish of every bankruptcy might have been a bit fuller.
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A), but Pausanias dated it 464/3 (IV. 24. v ~ Fornara 67. C, cf. Plut. Cim. 16. iv). Some scholars have opted for the earlier date, supposing that Thucydides mentions the war at the point when it ended; but Diodorus’ chronological source is more likely to be right than his narrative date (cf. p. 15), and it is easier to believe that Thucydides mentions the war at the point when it began, and that the Athenians settled the rebels at Naupactus in the mid 450’s (cf. p. 44). 465/4–456/5. Maintaining control of the helots was always a high priority for Sparta (cf.
26); the motif of his having a plan which cannot be made public but is revealed to Aristides floats suspiciously between stories. As Thucydides remarks (I. 93. ii), and as the surviving remains confirm, Athens’ walls were certainly rebuilt in great haste; how much of that story is true and how much is an improvement on the truth, it is hard to tell. A plan by Sparta to reform and to give itself a stronger position in the Delphic Amphictyony is easier to accept than a plan by Themistocles to destroy the Spartan fleet (on which cf.
If Aeschylus’ Persians, of 473/2, is among other things a defence of Themistocles, defending him cannot yet have become a lost cause; but the play could have been performed either before his ostracism or between that and his condemnation. According to Thucydides (I. 137. iii) the King whom he met was Artaxerxes, who had recently succeeded after the death – in August 465 – of Xerxes. Plutarch (Them. 27. i–ii) says that some fourth- ATHENS AFTER THE PERSIAN WARS 35 century writers had him meet Xerxes, the King whom he had defeated at Salamis; but that would be so much more effective dramatically that, if it were true, the less effective story would hardly have been invented.
A History of the Classical Greek World, 478 - 323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by P. J. Rhodes