460 BC - 397 BC


Thucydides (; Ancient Greek: Θουκυδίδης Thoukūdídēs [tʰuːkyːdídɛːs]; c.  460 – c.  400 BC) was an Athenian historian and general. His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the fifth-century BC war between Sparta and Athens until the year 411 BC. Thucydides has been dubbed the father of "scientific history" by those who accept his claims to have applied strict standards of impartiality and evidence-gathering and analysis of cause and effect, without reference to intervention by the deities, as outlined in his introduction to his work.He also has been called the father of the school of political realism, which views the political behavior of individuals and the subsequent outcomes of relations between states as ultimately mediated by, and constructed upon, the emotions of fear and self-interest. His text is still studied at universities and military colleges worldwide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thucydides has received more than 2,068,534 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3rd most popular historian.

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Among historians, Thucydides ranks 3 out of 292Before him are Herodotus and Ibn Khaldun. After him are Tacitus, Livy, Xenophon, Sima Qian, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Diodorus Siculus.

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Among people born in 460 BC, Thucydides ranks 3Before him are Hippocrates and Democritus. After him are Critias, Diogenes of Apollonia, Prodicus, and Verginia. Among people deceased in 397 BC, Thucydides ranks 1

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Thucydides ranks 18 out of 698Before him are El Greco (1541), Aeschylus (-525), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Aristophanes (-448), Democritus (-460), and Plutarch (46). After him are Sappho (-630), Kösem Sultan (1590), Bayezid II (1447), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), Phidias (-490), and Themistocles (-524).

Among HISTORIANS In Greece

Among historians born in Greece, Thucydides ranks 1After him are Xenophon (-430), Polybius (-208), Callisthenes (-360), Theopompus (-400), Quintus Curtius Rufus (41), Agatharchides (-208), Philochorus (null), and Robert Kagan (1958).

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