THE PLAGUE OF WAR: ATHENS, SPARTA, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR ANCIENT GREECE
448pp., 20 illus., 7 figs. 2017. The life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta that embroiled all of the Greek world for an entire generation was a war that almost did not happen. Both sides entered it with hesitation, and the fortunes of war swung back and forth so wildly that at many junctures either side could have won.