No Comment, Quotation — February 7, 2009, 8:46 am

Thucydides on the Meaning of History

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The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but if it be judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it, I shall be content. In fine, I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time.

Thucydides (??????????), History of the Peloponnesian War, bk i, ch 22, sec 4 (on the meaning of history)(ca 405 BCE)(E.C. Marchant transl. 1900)

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