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History of the Peloponnesian War

March 3 - April 14 2021
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Pacific (six sessions, no meeting March 10)
Online Via Zoom


The Peloponnesian War is the Ancient Greek historian Thucydides’s account of the strife, conflict, civil war, and military and political catastrophe he witnessed and lived through as a citizen of Athens during and after the reign of the great Pericles in the 5th century BCE–the height of the classical period. A lifelong student of democracy, his meticulous and dramatic analysis of the decades-long strife between Athens and Sparta presents a complex and probing picture of politics, character, and what he calls stasis–protracted and irresolvable civil conflict. One of the masterpieces of world history, The Peloponnesian War has proven an enduring and strikingly relevant classic for modern thinkers, writers, and students of politics.

In this six week seminar, we will read through and thoroughly discuss the complete history, using for our text The Landmark Thucydides, edited by Robert B. Strassler

Schedule and more information on the text (PDF)

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Christopher Zinn

Christopher Zinn grew up in Pine City, New York, and was educated at Georgetown and at New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Christopher currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School.
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