Stahl's classic book on Thucydides, here in English for the first time, penetrates as few others to the Greek writer's deepest interests. Stahl reveals Thucydides' work as a study in the fallibility of human projections. Above all, Thucydides is shown as interested in tracking how optimistic plans lead to irremediable suffering in the field of foreign policy. For this new edition, the original has been revised and enlarged by two chapters which reflect the author's subsequent work.
Preface 1. The question (Book 6.53-61) 2. Retrospective (the state of Thucydidean studies methodology) 3. Projections and prospects (Book 1) 4. Prelude to war (Book 2.2-6) 5. Plan and reality (Book 2) 6. Endpoints of series of events (Book 3.2-85) 7. Recurring structural elements of event sequences (Books 3.94-114 4.2 - 5.14) 8. Behaviour in the extreme situation (Book 5.84-113) 9. Speeches vs course of events in Books 6 and 7: attitudes-perceptions-responses 10. Literary detail and historical crisis point: the Sicilian Books Bibliography Index rerum Index nominum Index verborum graecorum Index locorum