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Today: The importance of Thucydides

April 29th, 2015

Episode 320 of 1273 episodes

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides is this week's book at bedtime on Radio 4. It chronicles in great detail the 27-year-long war between Athens and Sparta during the 5th century BC, which reshaped the face of ancient Greece and pitted Athenian democracy against brutal Spartan militarism. Thucydides said 'My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever,' indeed it is a text that is still studied by military academies around the world. Professor Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol and blogs about modern interpretations of Thucydides at The Sphinx Blog and Dr Katherine Harloe is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Reading.