Donald Kagan (1932-2021) was Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University, where he taught for more than thirty years, and where he was Dean from 1989 to 1992. His much admired monumental four-volume A New History of the Peloponnesian War was described by George Steiner as “the foremost work of history produced in North America in the 20th century.” He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2002, and in 2005 delivered the 34th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual and public achievement in the humanities.
ON THE ORIGINS OF WAR AND THE PRESERVATION OF PEACE (Doubleday, 1994)
THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR (Penguin, 2003)
PERICLES OF ATHENS AND THE BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY (The Free Press, 1990)
THUCYDIDES: The Reinvention of History (Viking Penguin, 2009)