The History Of The Peloponnesian War

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The “The History of the Peloponnesian War” authored by Thucydides in 431 B.C.E and translated by Richard Crawley expressively illustrates the plague of Athens and its impact on the population. The work provides a vivid account as to the amount of suffering and disorder consuming the Athenians during the second year of the Peloponnesian war. Furthermore, Thucydides wrote the piece in hopes of broadening the scope of current events at the time which affected the citizens. Additionally, he sought to inform future generations of the plague so that they could recognize it or conduct further studies should it make an appearance again. From this translation, Thucydides demonstrates a notable interest and most importantly provides sufficient detail in presenting the symptoms he observed or experienced himself through this plague. However, while the detailed account appears thorough at a first glance, I would consider this a subjective and an inadequate testimony of the Athens plague with some loose ends.
According to this work, Thucydides wrote a few statements that he possibly acquired from unknown sources. For instance, Thucydides wrote, “it was said that it had broken out in many places”, which begs the simple question who said? In another instance, he wrote “it first began, it is said, in the parts of Ethiopia above Egypt”. From this statement, what stands out again is who said. When Thucydides included “it is said”, who is he referring to? Thucydides makes no reference to his…
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