The Notion of War in the Eyes of Thucydides, Homer and Aristophanes
This paper will conduct textual analysis of each classic piece. …show more content…
Thucydides’ work is written in such a way that his readers would understand factual events. In the first book of the History of the Peloponnesian War, he conducts thorough contextualization of Greece that contributed to the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. What is revolutionary about this first book is that before he narrates the reasons for the outbreak of the war, Thucydides explains in detail the methodological approach in the events before the Peloponnesian War (Thucydides, Book 1:1-23). Modern historians see this as one of the earliest attempts to scientifically explain historical events in the context of what would eventually be the processes of respective disciplines in the Greek history. Thucydides aimed to clarify the politics behind the events which had transpired before the war began. He tried to establish himself as the “third person” in all the events which had involved him in the first place.
Unlike other authors who used the skill of detachment in historical writing and research methods, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War was being criticized