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Thucydides was one of the greatest Greek historians of the ancient Greeks He did most of his work around 400 BC and he was a citizen of Athens He was most famous for his History of the Peloponnesian War He fought in the war and became a general The war lasted for 27 years from 431 to 401 BC In Thucydides opinion he thought that the Greeks fought the hardest they ever had during the war The Peloponnese was the southern part of Greece controlled by Sparta During this war Athens the biggest and greatest city-state of in ancient Greece was attack by the Spartans and the Persians Athens was taxing and taking the money of the other city-states of Greece and many city-states were mad so they asked Sparta to help stop Athens The Persians had tried and failed twice already trying to destroy Athens The war lasted for 27 years 431 BC to 404 BC This is Thucydides thought of why the war started He tried to do his best in finding and recording facts and people from the war So he visited the battlefields and talked survivors of the war His main goal was to try not to be biased about what his findings In 424 BC Thucydides was a general and commanded Athenian forces in thrace where operated mining He was exiled from the city because he was accused of failing to protect the city of Amphilpolis Thucydides was banished from Athens During his exile he worked on his history and wrote about the Peloponnesian war and had a brilliant account of the war as events unfolded He returned to Athens in 404 BC Most of all of our knowledge of the Peloponnesian war came from the writings of Thucydides His best-known writing was called the History of the Peloponnesian War which consists of eight books In the books he wrote of the first 20 years of the war He died
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