Two superpowers end up entangled in a long, terrible, civilization-destroying war because two of their allies fell to fighting and national character plus strategic pressures compelled the superpowers to join in.
Sound familiar? Today’s third hour –and the third hour of every Friday show is given to a Hillsdale dialogue on a great work of the West– is on Thucydides’ The History of The Peloponnesian War.
All of the Hillsdale dialogues, which began with the Iliad and have ranged over all of Homer, the Bible and Herodotus to date, are available for podcast for free right here. Today’s conversation with Dr. Larry Arnn is the third of five on Thucydides.
The book we are using is “The Landmark Thucydides” which uses the translation by Robert Strassler and which is completely annotated with wonderful maps and notes, and which includes an introduction by Victor Davis Hanson. It is a wonderful book to own and read and reread. Today we are going to focus on the famed Funeral Oration by Pericles.