Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of
the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, beginning at the
moment that it broke out, and believing that it would be a great war, and
more worthy of relation than any that had preceded it. This belief was not without its grounds. The preparations of both the combatants were in every department in the
last state of perfection; and he could see the rest of the Hellenic race taking sides in the quarrel; those who delayed doing so at once having it in contemplation.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
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