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  • Herodotus preceded Thucydides.
  • As for the poets, they have Aristophanes, Homer, Euripides, and Sophocles of Aldus’s edition; and for historians, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Herodian.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • I could recite you the whole of Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Titus Livius, Tacitus, Strada, Jornandes, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli, and Bossuet.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The best known Greek historians were Herodotus (484-424 B.C.) and Thucydides (460-400 B.C.).
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • I have also done some Hesiod, a little scrap of Thucydides, and a lot of the Greek Testament….
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But the more ease and leisure he achieved the more distance and flashing there were; he talked about Thucydides or Marx and showed pictures of history-like visions.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • For instance, let us suppose that Homer and Virgil, Aristotle and Cicero, Thucydides and Livy, could have met all together, and have clubbed their several talents to have composed a treatise on the art of dancing: I believe it will be readily agreed they could not have equalled the excellent treatise which Mr Essex hath given us on that subject, entitled, The Rudiments of Genteel Education.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He read Cicero, Tacitus, and others of his Roman heroes in Latin, and Plato and Thucydides in the original Greek, which he considered the supreme language.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He had read Thucydides and von Clausewitz, and he considered war a means to ends, with a potential for both good and bad, but his interest was in effectiveness and not goodness.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • He must read Thucydides’s history of the Peloponnesian War.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • Thucydides had said the source of all evils was "a thirst of power, from rapacious and ambitious passions," and Adams agreed.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid," he wrote, which was also an overstatement, but one certain to please his fellow classical scholar at Quincy.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • There were frequent citations in Latin, Greek, and French, extended use of Swift, Franklin, Dr. Price, Machiavelli, Guicciardini’s Historia d’Italia, Mon-tesquieu, Plato, Milton, and Hume, in addition to scattered mentions of Aristotle, Thucydides, Hobbes, La Rochefoucauld, and Rousseau, as well as Joseph Priestley, whom Adams had lately come to know in London.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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