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Thucydides: War, Empire, and Liberty

This is a Reading List based upon a Liberty Fund Conference on “Thucydides on Empire, War, Democracy, and Liberty.”

Thucydides on Empire, War, Democracy, and Liberty

Guide to the Readings

Editions used:

See also:

For additional reading see:

Session I: Origins

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

  • Book I, 1.1–1.7, 1.13–1.55, 1.66–1.97, and1.139–1.146

Session II: Spartan and Athenian Strategy

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

  • Book II, 2.1, 2.8–2.27, and 2.34–2.65

Session III: Human Nature, Civil War, and Justice

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

Session IV: Peace, Diplomacy, and the Melian Dialogue

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

  • Book V, 5.6–5.24, 5.35–5.49, and 5.74–5.116

Session V: Imperial Overstretch and the Sicilian Expedition

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

  • Book VI, 6.1, 6.6–6.52, 6.60–6.61, and 6.88–6.93

Session VI: Statesmanship, War, and Morality

Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

  • Book VII, 7.1–7.3, 7.10–7.19, 7.27–7.30, 7.37–7.49, and 7.72–7.87

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