Short Bibliography on Thucydides

Created by Lowell Edmunds of RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Currently Edited by Donald Lateiner of OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

This bibliography includes neither dissertations nor translations. For the most part, it lists books, not articles. The next-to-last section (Interpretation), listing books published in the last twenty years or so, does not include studies of two or more ancient historians of whom Thucydides is one. For more complete bibliographies, see the final section, Bibliographies.

I would be most grateful for corrections and suggestions, which can be sent to

Thanks to Peter Green for suggestions and a correction; to Karsten Wilkens for a correction; to George E. Pesely for a suggestion; to Ken-ichi Horii for a suggestion; to Philip Stadter for suggestions and a correction. Sept. 1996. For a second revision, I am grateful to Juan Carlos Iglesias Zoido for suggestions. For the section Interpretation, I have not been able to hold the line at the mid-seventies but have gone back into the sixties. Nov. 1996. Thanks to Adrian Nuessl for two suggestions and to Daniel Riaño Rufilanchas for the same two and several others. Dec. 1997. Thanks to Riaño Rufilanchas for another addition and to Carolyn Dewald for a correction. Jan. 1999. Thanks to Steven J. Willett for information. Feb. 1999. Thanks to Pamela Schmidt for several corrections and additions under Commentaries. Aug. 1999. Thanks to Daniel Riaño Rufilanchas for additions. Nov. 2001.



Index; Dictionary
Problems of Date and Composition
Life of Thucydides
Thucydidean Historiography
Interpretation; Thucydides and Athenian History



Alberti, G. B., ed. Thucydidis Historiae. Roma: Istituto Polygraphico dello Stato. Vol. 1 (Books 1-2) 1972. Vol. 2 (Books 3-5) 1992. Vol. 3 (Books 6-8) 2000.
de Romilly, Jacqueline, Raymond Weil, and Louis Bodin. 6 Vols. Thucydide: La Guerre du Péloponnèse. Paris: Les Belles Lettres. 1958-1972. A textual edition and a translation (the "Budé").

Vol. 1. Book 12. de Romilly. 1958.
Vol. 2. Book 2. de Romilly. 1962.
Vol. 3. Book 3. Weil, with de Romilly. 1967.
Vol. 4. Books 4-5. de Romilly. 1967.
Vol. 5. Books 6-7. Bodin and de Romilly. 1955.
Vol. 6. Book 8. Weil, with de Romilly. 1972.

Hude, Karl, ed. Thucydides Historiae. 2 Vols. 2d ed. Leipzig: Teubner. 1913-25. Books 1-2 revised by Otto Luschnat. 1960 (2d ed.).
Jones, H. S., ed. Thucydides Historiae. 2 Vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1900. Revised by J. E. Powell. 1942.


Hude, Karl, ed. Scholia in Thucydidem ad optimos codices collata. Teubner: Leipzig. 1927. Reprint. New York: Arno Press. 1973.


On all or much of the History

Arnold, Thomas. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.8 3 Vols. Oxford: John Henry Parker, etc. 1874.

Indexes by R. P. G. Tiddeman in Vol. 3, Part 2 (1882). The indexes are: Words, Phrases and Constructions; Historical and Geographical Index. There is also: "New Recension of Thucydides, by L. Dindorf, Collated with Bekker's and Arnold's Texts."

Boehme, Gottfried, and Simon Widmann. Thukydides.6 Leipzig: Teubner. 1894.
Classen, Johannes, and Julius Steup. Thukydides. Berlin: Weidmann. Reprint. 1963.

Classen (1805-91) did two or more editions of each volume of his eight-volume commentary on Thucydides. Steup (1847-1925) did a new edition of each volume; of vol. 2 he did two editions. Stark (1912-66) contributed a bibliographical supplement to each volume of the 1963 reprint. On the basis of Classen-Steup, Ginn & Company (Boston) (see below) published a series of school commentaries on individual Books in English (not including Books 2, 4, and 8). In the following list, Vol. 1 contains Book 1, Vol. 2 Book 2, etc.

Vol. 1 18621 18732 18793 (Steup)
Vol. 2 18631 18712 18793 18894 (Steup) 19145 (Steup)
Vol. 3 18671 18752 18923 (Steup)
Vol. 4 18691 18772 19003 (Steup)
Vol. 5 18751 18822 19123 (Steup)
Vol. 6 18761 18812 19053 (Steup)
Vol. 7 18771 18842 19083 (Steup)
Vol. 8 18781 18852 19223 (Steup)

Gomme, A. W. (Books 1-5), Antony Andrewes (Books 5 and 8), and K. J. Dover (Books 6 and 7). A Historical Commentary on Thucydides. 5 Vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1945-81.
HCT = Gomme, et al.
Hornblower, Simon. Commentary on Thucydides, Vol. 1, Books 1-3. 1991. Vol. 2, Books 4-5.24. 1996. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Krüger, Karl Wilhelm. Thoucudidou sungraphe. Berlin: K. W. Krüger's Verlagsbuchhandlung. 1858-61. Books 1-23. Books 3-82. Reprint. Hildesheim: Georg Olms. 1972.

Book 1

Cameron, H.D. Thucydides Book I: A Student's Grammatical Commentary. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2003.

Canfora, Luciano. La Guerra del Peloponneso: Libro primo. Milan: Mondadori. 1983.
Forbes, William H. (1850 or 1851-). Thucydides: Book I. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1895.
French, Alfred. The Athenian Half-Century, 478-431 B. C.: Thuc i 89 -118. Sources in Ancient History. Sydney: Sydney University Press. 1972.
Marchant, Edgar C. Thucydides: Book I. London: Macmillan. 1905. Reprint, with a new introduction by T. E. J. Wiedemann. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. 1982.
Morris, Charles D. Thucydides: Book I. Boston: Ginn. 1887. Based on Classen.

Book 2

Lamberton, William A. (1848-1910). Thucydides: Books II and III. New York: American Book Company. 1905.
Marchant, E. C. Thucydides: Book II. London: Macmillan. 1891. Reprint, with a new introduction by T. E. J. Wiedemann. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. 1978.
Rhodes, P. J. Thucydides: History II. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. 1988.
Rusten, J. S. Thucydides: the Peloponnesian War, Book II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1989.

Book 3

Lamberton, William A. (1848-1910). See under Book 2.
Marchant, E. C. Thucydides: Book III. London: Macmillan. 1909.
Rhodes, P. J. Thucydides: History III. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. 1994.
Smith, Charles Forster (1852-). Thucydides: Book III. Boston: Ginn. 1894. Based on Classen.

Book 4

Crees, J.H.E. and J.C. Wordsworth. Thucydides: Book IV, ch. 1-41 (Pylos and Sphacteria). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1919. Repr. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. 1982.
Graves, C. E. (1839-1920). The Fourth Book of Thucydides. London: Macmillan. 1884. 2nd ed. 1888. Reprint, with a new introduction by T. E. J. Wiedemann. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. 1982.
Rhodes, P. J. Thucydides: History IV.1-V.24. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. 1999.
Valzania, Sergio, Stefania Santelia, and Luciano Canfora. Settantadue giorni a Sfacteria / Tucidide. Palermo: Sellerio. 1993.
Wilson, J. Thucydides: Pylos 425 B.C.: IV.2-41. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. 1979.

Book 5

Fowler, Harold N. (1859-). Thucydides: Book V. Boston: Ginn. Based on Classen.
Graves, C. E. (1839-1920). The Fifth Book of Thucydides. London: Macmillan. 1891.
Rhodes, P.J. Cf. under Book 4.

Book 6

Corcella, Aldo. La disfatta a Siracusa : storie 6.-7. / Tucidide. Venezia : Marsilio. 1996.
Dover, K. J. Thucydides: Book VI. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1965. Reprint, London: Bristol Classical Press and Duckworth. 1999.
Lamberton, William A. (1848-1910). The Sixth and Seventh Books ofThucydides. New York: Harper. 1886.
Marchant, E. C. Thucydides: Book VI. London: Macmillan. 1897. Xerox reprint. University Microfilms. 1965.
Shelmerdine, Cynthia W. Thucydides: Book VI. Bryn Mawr, PA: Bryn Mawr College. 1988.
Smith, Charles Forster (1852-). Thucydides: Book VI. Boston: Ginn. 1913. Based on Classen.

Book 7

Corcella, Aldo. See under Book 6.
Dover, K. J. Thucydides: Book VII. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1965.
Fowler, Harold North (1859-). Thucydides: Book VII. Boston: Ginn. 1886. Based on Classen.
Lamberton, William A. (1848-1910). See under Book 6.
Marchant, E. C. Thucydides: Book VII. London: Macmillan. 1893. .

Book 8

Delebecque, Édouard. Thucydide: Livre VIII. Aix-en-Provence: Publications de la Faculté des Lettres, Aix-en-Provence, NS 57. 1967.
Goodhart, H. T. The Eighth Book of Thucydides. London: Macmillan. 1893.
Tucker, T. G. The Eighth Book of Thucydides. London: Macmillan. 1892.


Nagy, Blaise. Thucydides Reader: Annotated Passages from Books I-VIII of the Histories. Newburyport MA: Focus. 2005.


Alberti, "De Thucydidis libris manu scriptis," Vol. 1, pp. IX-CLXXIII. See Alberti under Editions above.
Ferlauto, Filippo. Il testo di Tucidide e la traduzione di Lorenzo Valla. Palermo: Istituto di Filologia Greca. 1979.
Hemmerdinger, Bertrand. "La division en livres de l'oeuvre de Thucydide." REG 61 (1948): 104-17.
________ Essai sur l'histoire du texte de Thucydide. Paris: Les Belles Lettres. 1955.
Kleinlogel, Alexander. Geschichte des Thukydidestextes im Mittelalter. Berlin: de Gruyter. 1965.
Mauer, Karl. Interpolation in Thucydides. Mnemosyne Supplements, 150. Leiden: Brill. 1995.
Meritt, B. D. Greek Historical Studies. Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati. 1962. Pp. 19-20.
Tsantanoglou, K. New Fragments of Greek Literaturefrom the Lexicon of Photius. Athens: Grapheion Demosieumaton tes Akademias Athenon. 1984. Page 43 has a text doubtfully ascribed to Thucydides.
Turner, Eric. "Two Unrecognized Ptolemaic Papyri." JHS 76 (1956): 96-98.

Index; Dictionary

Bétant, Elie Ami. Lexicon Thucydideum. Geneva: E. Carey. 1843-47. Reprint. 2 Vols. Hildesheim: Olms. 1961.
von Essen Dre, M. H. N. Index Thucydideus. Berlin. 1887. Reprint. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 1964.


Dover, K. J. Thucydides. Greece and Rome: New Surveys, 7. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1973.
Finley, J. H. Thucydides. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1942. Reprint. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 1963.
Fritz, Kurt von. Die griechische Geschichtsschreibung, Vol. 1. Berlin: de Gruyter. 1967.
Hornblower, Simon. Thucydides. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1987.
Luschnat, Otto. Thukydides. RE, Suppl. Vol. 12, cols. 1085-1354. 1971.

Problems of Date and Composition

Appendix in HCT, Vol. 5
Canfora, Luciano. Tucidide Continuato. Padua: Antenore. 1970.
Cartledge, Paul A. "A New Lease of Life for Lichas son of Arkesilas?" LCM 9 (1984): 98-102.
Pouilloux, J. and F. Salviat. "Lichas, Lacédémonien, archonte à Thasos, et le livre viii de Thucydide." CRAI (1983): 376-403.
________ "Thucydide après l'exil et la composition de son histoire." RevdePhil 59 (1985): 13-20.

Life of Thucydides

For other items, see Schneider (under Interpretation, etc., below), p. 204, Section 14.

Picirilli, Luigi. Storie dello storico Tucidide: Edizione, traduzione e commento delle Vite. Genova: il melangelo. 1985.
Vita Marcellini, in OCT, Vol. 1; Teubner, Vol. 1.
Vita Anon., in OCT, Vol. 1; Teubner, Vol. 1.


For further indications, see West's bibliography in Stadter below.

Appendix in HCT, Vol. 5.
Cogan, Marc. The Human Thing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1981.
Debnar, Paula. See below.
Iglesias Zoido, Juan Carlos. 1995. La argumentación en los discursos deliberativos de Tucidides y su relación con la normativa retórica del siglo IV a. C. Cáceres: Anejos del Anuario de Estudios Filologicos de la Universidad de Extremadura.
Friedrichs, Jörg. See below.
Kakridis, Johannes. Der thukydideische Epitaphios: ein stilisticher Kommentar. Zetemata Monographs, 26. Munich: Beck. 1961.
Luschnatt, Otto. 1942. Die Feldherrnreden im Geschichtswerk des Thukydides. Leipzig: Dieterich'sche Verlag.
Stadter, P. A., ed. The Speeches in Thucydides. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1973.
Ziolkowski, John E. Thucydides and the Tradition of Funeral Speeches at Athens. Salem, NH: Ayer. 1985.


Dionysius of Halicarnassus. On Thucydides. Translated by and with a commentary by W. K. Pritchett. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1975.
Ros, J. Die metabolê als Stilprinzip des Thukydides. Nijmegen: N.V. Centrale Drukkerij. 1938. Reprint. Amsterdam: Hakkert. 1968.

Thucydidean Historiography

This section overlaps with the next one. Here I have included some oldies-but-goodies.

Grosskinsky, August. Das Programm des Thukydides. Berlin: Junker und Dünnhaupt. 1936.
Patzer, Harald. Das Problem der Geschichtsschreibung des Thukydides und die thukydideische Frage. Berlin: Junker und Dünnhaupt. 1937.
Smart, J. D. "Thucydides and Hellanicus." In Past Perspectives: Studies in Greek and Roman Historical Writing, ed. id., I. S. Moxon, and A. J. Woodman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1986.

Interpretation; Thucydides and Athenian History

Adcock, F. E. Thucydides and his History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1963. Repr. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. 1973.
Allison, J. W. Power and Preparedness in Thucydides. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1989.
_______ . Word and Concept in Thucydides. Atlanta, GA: Scholar's Press. 1997.
Alsina, Jose. Tucidides: Historia, ética y política. Madrid: Editorial Rialp. 1981.
Badian, Ernst. From Plataea to Potidaea : Studies in the History and Historiography of the Pentecontaetia. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1993.
Canfora, Luciano. Tucidide : L'oligarca imperfetto. Rome: Riuniti. 1988.
_______ . Tucidide e l'impero : La presa di Melo. Rome: Laterza. 1992.
Cawkwell, George. Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War. London: Routledge. 1997.
Connor, W. R. Thucydides. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1984.
Crane, Gregory. The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 1996.
_______ The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the Limits of Political Realism. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1998.

Electronic text available at

de Romilly, Jacqueline. Histoire et raison chez Thucydide. 2d ed. Paris: Les Belles Lettres. 1967.
_______ . Thucydides and Athenian Imperialism. Translated by Philip Thody. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Reprint. Salem, NH: Ayer. 1988.
Debnar, Paula. Speaking the Same Language: Speech and Audience inThucydides' Spartan Debates. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2001.
Dewald, Carolyn. Thucydides’ War Narrative: A Structural Study. Berkeley CA: University of California Press. 2005.
Edmunds, Lowell. Chance and Intelligence in Thucydides. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1975.
Finley, J. H. Three Essays on Thucydides. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1967.
Forde, Steven. The Ambition to Rule: Alcibiades and the Politics of Imperialism in Thucydides. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1989.
Fornis, César. Estabilidad y conflicto civil en la guerra del Peloponeso. Las sociedades corintia y argiva. British Archaeological Reports I.S. 762. Oxford: Archaeopress. 1999. With English summary.
Giovannini, Adalberto. Thukydides und die Anfänge der athenischen Arche. Sitzungsberichte der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Phil-hist Kl, 7. Heidelberg: Winter. 1980.
Hamilton, Charles D., and Peter Krentz, eds. Polis and Polemos: Essays on Politics, War,and History in Ancient Greece in Honor of Donald Kagan. Claremont, CA: Regina Books. 1997.

Part I, "Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War," comprises ten of the sixteen essays. Review in BMCR 98.2.11.

Friedrichs, Jörg. Aufschlussreiche Rhetorik: ein Versuch über die Redekultur und ihren Verfall bei Thukydides. Würzburg: Ergon. 2000.
Greenwodd, Emily. Thucydides and the Shaping of History. London: Duckworth. 2005.
Heitsch, Ernst. Geschichte und Situationen bei Thukydides. Stuttgart: Teubner. 1996.
Huart, Pierre. Le vocabulaire de l1analyse psychologique dans l1oeuvre de Thucydide. Paris: Les Belles Lettres. 1968.
Hunter, Virginia. Past and Process in Herodotus and Thucydides. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1982.
Johnson, Laurie. Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Interpretation of Realism. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press. 1993.
Leppin, Hartmut. Thukydides und die Verfassung der Polis: Ein Beitrag zur politischen Ideengeschichte des 5 Jahrhunderts v. Chr. Klio Beihefte Neue Folge. Berlin: Akademie Verlag. 1999.
Kallet-Marx, Lisa. Money, Expense, and Naval Power in Thucydides' History 1-5.24. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1993.
Kallet, Lisa. Money and the Corrosion of Power in Thucydides: The Sicilian Expedition and its Aftermath. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2001.
Luginbill, Robert D. Thucydides on War and National Character. Boulder: Westview Press. 1999.
Marinatos, Nanno. Thucydides and Religion. Beiträge zur klassischen Philologie, 129. Königstein/Ts. 1981.
Maurer, Karl. Interpolation in Thucydides. Mnemosyne Supplements, 154. Leiden: Brill. 1995.
Müller, Friedhelm L. Das Problem der Urkunden bei Thukydides: dieFrage der Überlieferungsabsicht durch den Autor.Palingenesia, 63. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 1997.
Morrison, James V. Reading Thucydides. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press. 2006.
Orwin, Clifford. The Humanity of Thucydides. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1994.
Ostwald, Martin. Anagke in Thucydides. American Classical Studies, 18. Atlanta, GA: Scholar's Press. 1988.
Palmer, Michael. Love of Glory and the Common Good: Aspects of the Political Thought of Thucydides. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 1992.
Parry, Adam. Logos and Ergon in Thucydides. With a new introduction by Donald Kagan. Salem, NH: Ayer. 1981.
Pouncey, Peter. The Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides' Pessimism. New York: Columbia University Press. 1980.
Price, Jonathan J. Thucydides and Internal War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2001.
Pritchett, W. K. Thucydides' Pentekontaetia and Other Essays. Archaia Hellas: Monographs in Ancient Greek History and Archaeology, 1. Amsterdam: J. C. Gieben. 1995.
Proctor, Dennis. The Experience of Thucydides. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. 1980.
Rawlings, Hunter R., III. The Structure of Thucydides' History. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1981.
_______ A Semantic Study of Prophasis to 400 B.C. Hermes Einzelschriften, 33. Wiesbaden: Steiner. 1975.
Rengakos, Antonios. Form und Wandel des Machtdenkens der Athener bei Thukydides. Hermes Einzelschriften, 48. Wiesbaden: Steiner. 1984.
Rood, Tim. Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999.
Sahlins, Marshall. Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2004.
Schadewaldt, Wolfgang. Die Geschichtsschreibung des Thukydides: ein Versuch. Weidmann: Berlin. 1971.
________ Die Anfänge der Geschichtsschreibung bei den Griechen: Herodot, Thukydides, ed. Ingeborg Schudoma. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp. 1982.
Schneider, Christoph. Information und Absicht bei Thukydides. Hypomnemata, 41. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht. 1974.
Schreiner, Johan H. Hellanikos, Thukydides and the Era of Kimon. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press. 1997.
Shanske, Darien. Thucydides and the Philosophical Origins of History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2007.
Stahl, H. P. Thukydides. Die Stellung des Menschen im Geschichtlichen Prozess. Munich: Beck. 1966.
________ Thucydides: Man's Place in History. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales. Trans. and 2nd ed. of Thukydides(1966).
Tasolambros, Frixos L. In Defense of Thucydides. Athens: Grigoris Publications. 1979.
Westlake, H. D. Individuals in Thucydides. London: Cambridge University Press. 1968.
_______ Studies in Thucydides and Greek History. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. 1989.
Williams, Mary Frances. Ethics inThucydides.Lanham, MD: University Press of America. 1998.
Woodhead, A. G. Thucydides on the Nature of Power. Martin Classical Lectures, 24. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1970.
Zagorin, Perez. Thucydides: An Introduction for the Common Reader. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2005.


Alberti (under Editions), pp. CXCIV-CXCVI.
Cambiano, Giuseppe, Luciano Canfora, and Diego Lanza, eds. Lo spazio letterario della Grecia antica. Vol. 3. Rome: Salerno Editrice. 1996. Pages 324-35 contain a bibliography. (I have not yet been able to verify this reference with my own eyes. Dec. 1997.)
Dover (under Over-views).
Luschnat (under Over-views).
Plácido, Domingo, C. Fornis, and J.M. Casillas. La guerra del Peloponeso. Vol. 3 (Anejos de Tempus). Madrid: Ediciones Clásicas. 1998.
Schneider (under Interpretation).
Stark, Rudolf contributed bibliographical supplements to each volume of the 1963 reprint of Classen-Steup (under Commentaries).
Tanto, Koji. A Bibliography of Studies in Thucydides 1830-1988, Part 1. Hiroshima, Japan: Hakushinkan Press. 1992.



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