"An inspiring and commendable book."—New York TimesThis book falls into two parts: Thucydides Historicus and Thucydides Mythicus. In the first, Francis M. Cornford attempts to prove the inadequacy of Thucydides's account of the origins of the Peloponnesian War and develops a very different theory of its causes. In the second part he attempts to answer the question why Thucydides has told us so little about the War that we find accurate, consistent, or relevant.
"Brilliant and suggestive."—London Times
The late Francis M. Cornford was Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, from 1899 to 1943 and Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge from 1931 to 1939.