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  1. c460–c400 b.c., Greek historian.
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Historical Examples of thucydides

  • Such is the picture which Thucydides has drawn of the Athenians in their glory.



  • What he or Thucydides thought in each case can only be guessed at.

  • Thucydides, of course, had a sensitive and emotional temperament.

  • I mean to take down a Thucydides, to feed on: like a whole Parmesan.

  • Thucydides, it is true, gives us a minute account of the plague.

British Dictionary definitions for thucydides


  1. ?460–?395 bc, Greek historian and politician, distinguished for his History of the Peloponnesian War
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Derived FormsThucydidean, adjective
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thucydides in Culture



An ancient Greek historian and general. Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War, in which he fought, is famous for its careful reporting of events and its sharp analysis of causes and effects.

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