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By Thucydides

Written 400 years ahead of the beginning of Christ, this designated modern account of the fight among Athens and Sparta stands a good chance of enjoyable the author's formidable declare that the paintings "was performed to final forever." The conflicts among the 2 empires over transport, exchange, and colonial growth got here to a head in 431 b.c. in Northern Greece, and the complete Greek global used to be plunged into 27 years of warfare. Thucydides utilized a fondness for accuracy and a contempt for fable and romance in compiling this exhaustively authentic checklist of the disastrous clash that at last ended the Athenian empire.

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