Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Greek historian noted for the unprecedented objectivity and thoroughness of his critical history of the Peloponnesian War.

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  • proper noun A great ancient Greek historian and author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC.

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  • noun ancient Greek historian remembered for his history of the Peloponnesian War (460-395 BC)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Θουκυδίδης (Thoukididēs), from θεός (theos, "god") + κῦδος (kudos, "glory").

Examples

  • As a historian, then, Thucydides is more trustworthy.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • Indeed, The Peloponnesian War may well be the seminal work on international relations, even as Thucydides is venerated in the West as the founder of enlightened pragmatism in political discourse.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • As a historian, then, Thucydides is more trustworthy.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • Indeed, The Peloponnesian War may well be the seminal work on international relations, even as Thucydides is venerated in the West as the founder of enlightened pragmatism in political discourse.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • Indeed, The Peloponnesian War may well be the seminal work on international relations, even as Thucydides is venerated in the West as the founder of enlightened pragmatism in political discourse.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • Democracies, many classical Greeks believed, were slow to fight, but more effective when they fought (ancient memory suggests this assertion is somewhere in Thucydides, but I could not find the exact citation).

    Balkinization

  • The striking parallel with Thucydides is in the decline in public debate in Athens and its ever more crazed imperial adventures, wiping out peoples (its murder of the men at Melos and enslavement of the women and children) and war against a large democracy - Syracuse - of which it was ignorant.

    Balkinization

  • There is no element in Thucydides's account of Athenians being slow to fight.

    Balkinization

  • I say only that, relative to the standards of its time, there is a structured self-editing mechanism at work in Thucydides — yet another reason why he is especially pleasing to modern academic sensibilities, and why he has become the favored Greek among today’s policy elites.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • I say only that, relative to the standards of its time, there is a structured self-editing mechanism at work in Thucydides — yet another reason why he is especially pleasing to modern academic sensibilities, and why he has become the favored Greek among today’s policy elites.

    A Historian For Our Time

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