• The Modern Scholar: The Dawn of Political History

  • Thucydides and the Peloponnesian Wars
  • By: Fred Baumann
  • Narrated by: Fred Baumann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 04-06-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 1 out of 5 stars 1.0 (1 rating)


In this fascinating course of lectures, Professor Fred Baumann leads us on an engaging exploration of this penetrating work. Taking in each of the eight books, we examine the complex juxtaposition of events Thucydides demonstrates  without much comment of his own. We see how democrats and oligarchs, Athenians and Spartans, understand the world and misunderstand each other. We explore how Thucydides contrasts Sparta - so deliberately narrow, provincial, overtly moral, and covertly cynical - with Athens - cosmopolitan, sophisticated, overtly cynical and covertly moral.  In doing so, we discover his admonishment to respect both and to get past our own instinctive, and sometimes destructive, human tendencies. 
In the end, we come to understand how Thucydide's work shows human nature in the most extreme circumstances and thus provides deep insight into both political practice and philosophy. That may indeed be the reason for its lasting relevance: its unique ability to still shed light upon our own predicament some two-thousand years later.
©2012 Crescite Group (P)2012 Recorded Books
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By David Merahn on 18-12-17

Best lecture made so far (I almost said ever)

Amazing, brilliant, original thought on a well covered topic. It is hard to make such a well worn subject feel fresh and new, but it hardly seems like a challenge for the author. Cannot recommend more highly.

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