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Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

Mary P. Nichols


This book argues for the centrality of the idea of freedom in Thucydides's thought. Through a close reading of his History of the Peloponnesian War, the book explores the manifestations of this theme. Cities and individuals in Thucydides's history take freedom as their goal, whether they claim to possess it and want to maintain it or whether they desire to attain it for themselves or others. Freedom is the goal of both antagonists in the Peloponnesian War, Sparta and Athens, although in different ways. One of the fullest expressions of freedom can be seen in the rhetoric of Thucydides's Pericl ... More

Keywords: freedom, Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, Sparta, Athens, funeral oration, Pericles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453168
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary P. Nichols, author
Baylor University