Thucydides Essay | Student Essay

This student essay consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis of Thucydides.
This section contains 668 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Thucydides: Life Driven by Man Rather Than by Gods

Thucydides: Life Driven by Man Rather Than by Gods

Summary: Provides biographical detail on the life of the ancient historian, Thucydides.' Examines his belief that life is not really led by the gods and their will, as Homer, the writer of the Iliad and the Odyssey, said, but rather by mere humans. Describes how this is exemplified by the life of Abraham Lincoln who started out as a farmer but, in the end, became one of the United State's greatest presidents.
Thucydides, the Athenian, was the first historian in ancient times to have recorded the facts of an event as history, his history being on the Peloponnesian war. History before Thucydides was written by poets, writers of romance and exaggeration. However, Thucydides did not buy into this kind of history due to the lack of accuracy. According to Thucydides "[His conclusions were] better evidence than that of the poets, who exaggerate the importance of their themes . . . [he claimed] instead to have used only the plainest evidence and to have reached conclusions which are reasonably accurate . . . "1 Facts are what make history, not the art of poetry. Thucydides looked at the cause of an event, such as the destruction of Troy, differently than Homer had. Homer had the idea that gods had caused the Greeks to go to war with the Trojans and that...

(read more)

This section contains 668 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Thucydides: Life Driven by Man Rather Than by Gods
Copyrights
BookRags
Thucydides: Life Driven by Man Rather Than by Gods from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook