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The Necessities of War
A Study of Thucydides’ Pessimism
Peter Pouncey

Sheep Meadow
2013 • 208 pp. 6 x 9"
World History / Military History

$17.00 Paperback, 978-1-937679-19-4

Zeus would cherish this book

Peter Pouncey presents for us and for the gods the mind of Thucydides as an historian and writer. Pouncey gives us an amazing reading of Thucydides’ amazing reading of the confused experience of wartime events. He nails down for us Thucydides’ lasting lessons.

Pouncey’s Thucydides won the Lionel Trilling Prize.

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PETER POUNCEY was born in Tsingtao, China. He spent his childhood mostly in English boarding schools, then Oxford University and training for the Jesuit priesthood. Sometime dean of Columbia College, he served as president of Amherst College for ten years. In The New York Review of Books, W.S. Merwin wrote that Pouncey’s novel, Rules for Old Men, “confronts its primal subject with a lucidity and plainness that appears to be descended from the historians and poets we have labeled classical.”

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