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The Plague of War


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Jennifer Roberts is Professor of Classics and History at the City College of New York and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her work, which has been translated into several languages, focuses on fifth and fourth century Greece.


Roberts presents the reader with a clear, straightforward and chronological narrative of events from the background to and origins of the war through to its grim conclusion and inconclusive war-torn aftermath... this is a good read and a good overview of the events that shaped the Classical Age. The events it describes will long continue to invite debate. * Mathew Trundle, H Soz Kult *
[Roberts brings] clarity to events underpinning an important and complex period of history. * Peter Jones, Literary Review *
A lively account. * Barbara Graziosi, Times Higher Education *
Do we really need another history of the Peloponnesian War? That was the question in my mind when I opened this book. When I finished it, I thought, yes, we seem to. Military historians often neglect developments in the arts, for instance, but Roberts weaves in Greek culture, showing how works by dramatists and philosophers reflected events in the war... She portrays the death of Socrates 12 years later as one more evil consequence of the war, with the great philosopher scapegoated 'for the ills of a city that had suffered war, economic collapse, demographic devastation and civil strife.' * Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review *
A lucid one-volume summary of the long Hellenic catastrophe that began in 431 BC ... The virtues of Roberts' account are brevity and freshness * Dominic Green, Minerva *

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