L310 Winter 2020 The History of the Peloponnesian War
Wednesdays, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 12–Feb. 19
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Over 2,500 years ago, war broke out between the
city-states of Athens and Sparta. Lasting more than 25 years, the Peloponnesian War might have been relegated to the dustbin of history had it not been for a history of it written by Athenian general Thucydides. This classic work continues to be studied in military academies and war colleges throughout the world, and the lessons learned from the Peloponnesian war in politics, military strategy, and international relations still resonate over the centuries. We will look at the war from many perspectives and consider these lessons.
Jim Dunphy is a retired colonel in the US Army Reserve, having attended the War Colleges of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. He has taught a number of classes at OLLI in history, music, movies, and baseball, and continues to do so.