The Thucydides Decoder

Thucydides’ The History of The Peloponnesian War is a “possession for all time” – but only if you understand what he is saying.  Richard Crawley and others have done a fantastic job translating Thucydides – but I still struggle to understand his narrative because I am not familiar with the times or places that Thucydides references. 

 

This “Thucydides Decoder” fills in the gaps by providing searchable timeline and location databases and an interactive map.  Please check out the tools!

 

Scroll and zoom on the interactive map below.  If you hover your mouse over a location, Thucydides’ text will pop up.  All quotes are taken from the Richard Crawley translation by Project Gutenburg, and you can read the full text here.  You can also turn off the pop-ups and change layers using the layers icon at the far right.  Cartography by David Mateus de Oliveira.

 

Chapter 1 Location Index

 

Search the table below using the search function (top, far right) or scroll through it.  Click on the cards to enlarge them and click on the map hexes for a focused view of the map.  

 

Chapter 1 Timeline

 

Thucydides covers an expansive history in his first chapter – from the rise of the Hellenic People to the start of the Peloponnesian War.  And he does it without dates!  Below is my effort to date the major events Thucydides mentions in his first chapter.  All quotes are taken from the Richard Crawley translation by Project Gutenburg, and you can read the full text here.