[No Comment ]Thucydides on the Meaning of History | Harper's Magazine

Sign in to access Harper’s Magazine

Need to create a login? Want to change your email address or password? Forgot your password?

  1. Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address.
  2. Select Email/Password Information.
  3. Enter your new information and click on Save My Changes.

Locked out of your account? Get help here.

Subscribers can find additional help here.

Not a subscriber? Subscribe today!

Get Access to Print and Digital for $23.99.
Subscribe for Full Access
Get Access to Print and Digital for $23.99.
[No Comment]

Thucydides on the Meaning of History

Adjust

vermeer-art-of-painting-detail

??? ?? ??? ???????? ???? ?? ?? ??????? ????? ???????????? ????????: ???? ?? ??????????? ??? ?? ????????? ?? ????? ??????? ??? ??? ????????? ???? ????? ???? ?? ?????????? ???????? ??? ??????????? ???????, ??????? ??????? ???? ????????? ????. ????? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ? ???????? ?? ?? ????????? ??????? ?????????.

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)

More from

More