De bello Peloponnesiaco

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Title

De bello Peloponnesiaco

Subject

Incunabula
Excerpts
Thucydides
Plagues

Description

Thucydides was a fifth-century Greek and eyewitness to the long struggle (431-404 B.C.) for dominance between the warring city-states of Athens and Sparta. De bello Peloponnesiaco, or The History of the Peloponnesian War, his contemporary account of events, is one of the earliest works of historical writing. The Italian humanist, Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457), was commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to make this translation from Greek. It was the first Latin edition of Thucydides and the only one produced during the fifteenth century.

In 430 B.C., just at the beginning of the war, Athens suffered an outbreak of plague which severely demoralized its citizens and killed the city's leader, Pericles. Thucydides himself was afflicted but survived and left a vivid description of the effects of the plague.

Abstract

Excerpt from De bello Peloponnesiaco (Treviso, 1483?) by Thucydides, describing the plauge in Athens that killed Pericles

Creator


Thucydides

Publisher

Johannes Rubeus

Date Created

1483?

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (Ballard 677)

Format

text

Extent

excerpt (2 pages)

Language

Latin

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0002517

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library, 1932

Files

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Citation

Thucydides , “De bello Peloponnesiaco,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed December 16, 2019, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/12545.

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