Thucydides’s Melian Dialogue and Sicilian Expedition

Martha C. Taylor '83

Designed for advanced students of Greek, Thucydides’s Melian Dialogue and Sicilian Expedition explores what we know, and don't know, about the Greek author; analyzes his language and style; and places the Sicilian Expedition in historical context. Best known for his account of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides (c. 454–c. 395 b.c.) was an Athenian general and historian. Martha C. Taylor '83 addresses the most famous part of Thucydides’s narrative: the Sicilian Expedition (books 6–8.1), which resulted in a major defeat for Athens. This student-friendly text is the first single volume in more than a century to focus on the expedition and the first to include the Melian Dialogue (5.84–116), considered the “prelude” to the invasion. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019)

Taylor is Professor of Classics at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of Thucydides, Pericles, and the Idea of Athens in the Peloponnesian War.