Hans-Peter Stahl is one of the most distinguished contemporary
writers on classical literature. An authority on both Greece and
Rome, his particular achievement is to reveal the logic of writers,
imaginative and factual alike, in the political sphere. Author of
numerous studies of the Greek classical period, Stahl has also written
Propertius, 'Love' and 'War': Individual and state under Augustus
(University of California Press), and is editor of Vergil's Aeneid:
Augustan epic and political context (Classical Press of Wales).
He is at present preparing a major new study of Vergil.
Stahl's classic book on Thucydides, here in English for the first
time, penetrates as few others to the Greek writer's deepest interests.
Stahl reveals Thucydides' work as a study in the fallibility of
human projections. Above all, Thucydides is shown as interested
in tracking how optimistic plans lead to irremediable suffering
in the field of foreign policy. For this new edition, the original
has been revised and enlarged by two chapters which reflect the
author's subsequent work.