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THUCYDIDES: THE JOWETT TRANSLATION

Spartan hoplite helmet, 490 BCE. Special thanks to www.hellenic-art.com for permission to use this image.

Scanned and edited specially for Peithô's Web, our web edition of Benjamin Jowett's translation of Thucydides* includes red section links to the Perseus Project. For faster downloads, please use the Thucydides-passages tool.

BOOKS



Chapter links that mark ends of war years covered by Thucydides
1st
431 BCE
2nd
430 BCE
3rd
429 BCE
4th
428 BCE
5th
427 BCE
6th
426 BCE
7th
425 BCE
8th
424 BCE
9th
423 BCE
10th
422 BCE
 
2.47
2.70 2.103 3.25 3.88 3.116 4.51 4.116 4.135 5.20  
11th
421 BCE
12th
420 BCE
13th
419 BCE
14th
418 BCE
15th
417 BCE
16th
416 BCE
17th
415 BCE
18th
414 BCE
19th
413 BCE
20th
412 BCE
21st
411 BCE
5.39 5.51 5.56 5.81 5.83 6.7 6.93 7.18 8.6 8.60 8.109

Table adapted from Jowett. The Pelopponesian War began in earnest when Thebes invaded Plataea in early spring, 431 BCE (2.1). Thucydides intended his history to cover all 27 years of the war, "up to the destruction of the Athenian empire and the taking of Piraeus and the Long Walls" (5.26), but the account breaks off suddenly in the war's 21st year.



USING THE THUCYDIDES-PASSAGES TOOL

You can use the Thucydides passages tool at the top of each page to grab single chapters, a range of chapters or your own groupings of chapters from the Jowett translation of Thucydides.

To display a single chapter ...

Use the format: Book number dot Chapter number. For example, the first chapter in Thucydides is 1.1 and the last chapter is 8.109.

To display a range of chapters within a book ...

Use a hyphen between the first and last chapters of the range you want. For example, 2.35-46 grabs Pericles' Funeral Oration. 5.85-116 retrieves the chilling Melian Dialogue. The second chapter number must be larger than the first: don't use 7.84-5; use 7.84-85

To display diverse chapters together on a page ...

Separate multiple requests by commas. For example, the request 4.59-64,6.33-34,6.76-80 gathers the three major speeches of Hermocrates together in one web page.

Shortcuts to passages at the Perseus Project ...

Selecting the Perseus Project Crawley translation or the Perseus Project Greek text in the drop-down box offers handy shortcuts to single chapters at the mighty Perseus Project Thucydides. You cannot grab ranges, multiple requests or add titles to these Perseus Project shortcuts.



Special thanks to www.hellenic-art.com for permission to use this image adapted from their authentic replica of a Spartan spear.


From Thucydides, translated into English, to which is prefixed an essay on inscriptions and a note on the geography of Thucydides, by Benjamin Jowett. Second edition. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1900. Jowett's footnotes have been converted to endnotes. Be aware that: (1) Jowett's currency conversions to English pounds reflect his times, not ours, and (2) the end notes to his 1883 first edition were omitted from his revised second edition in 1900, though his footnotes occasionally refer to these omitted notes.


Special thanks to Hellenic-art.com for graciously permitting images of their ancient art and replicas of armor and weapons to appear in our Thucydides pages.

The tiled background image comes from the the Architectural Ornament collection created by the Architectural Engineering Graduate Students Association of The Pennsylvania State University.