1246. Thucydides vii. Trexler Library | Muhlenberg College

Thucydides’ (ca. 460-ca. 395 AD) History of the Peloponnesian War was a standard educational text (then as now); this early second century AD papyrus contains a short section from Book 7.

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“. . . they parted, the land force at the same time retiring from the lines.  The next day the Syracusans remained quiet, and gave no signs of what they were going to do; but Nicias, seeing that the battle had been a drawn one, and expecting that they would attack again, compelled the captains to refit any of the ships that had suffered, and moored merchant vessels before the stockade . . .”

(Source: Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War with an English translation by C. Forster Smith, Loeb Classical Library [London: J. M. Dent, 1910])

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