Essay on Thucydides And Thucydides 's History

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Herodotus and Thucydides are the first Greek historians credited for documenting history. Not only are Herodotus and Thucydides credited for writing the first accounts of ancient Greek history, but they each shaped the future of historical writing in their own unique ways. The Peloponnesian and Persian wars were both important conflicts that focused on independence. Herodotus earned the designation “The Father of History” because before his writings, the Greeks had no word for history in terms of writing a narration of past events in prose. He has been anointed as the world’s first Western historian. Herodotus’s book The Histories, a record of his inquiries into the events of the conflict between the Persian Empire and Ancient Greeks; is the first true history. Herodotus’ purpose for writing was to preserve the memory of the past, and show how the two came into conflict. Thucydides was an Ancient Greek historian during fifth century B.C. He is one of the world’s first historians, and he was credited with writing the worlds first “scientific history”. During the first part of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides was an Athenian general and a major actor. After failing to prevent the Spartans from capturing an Athenian colony, he was exiled from Athens for twenty years. Using his status as an exile, this allowed him to write a contemporary record of the Peloponnesian War as it happened. The book that he wrote was titled, History of the Peloponnesian War. Both historians…

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