Start Date

28-4-2016 12:45 PM

End Date

28-4-2016 2:15 PM

Disciplines

European History | Intellectual History

Subjects

Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War -- Criticism and interpretation, Thucydides -- Influence, Historiography

Abstract

Before the time of recorded history, how did people view historical events? Was it just a story that was told and past down with narrative embellishments? Or did they take a more factual approach? This essay will explore one such work of historiography that attempts to transcend history as a story, and more as a necessary combination of dry facts for future generations to use. Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War endeavors to relay only the facts of what he thought would be one of the most influential wars in the history of his modern world.

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Apr 28th, 12:45 PM Apr 28th, 2:15 PM

The Devil is in the Details: A study of how Ancient Greek historian Thucydides’ greatest work, the History of the Peloponnesian War, changed historiography

Before the time of recorded history, how did people view historical events? Was it just a story that was told and past down with narrative embellishments? Or did they take a more factual approach? This essay will explore one such work of historiography that attempts to transcend history as a story, and more as a necessary combination of dry facts for future generations to use. Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War endeavors to relay only the facts of what he thought would be one of the most influential wars in the history of his modern world.