GREECE: Thucydides Re-Greeked

Athenian pressmen stood open-mouthed in a little eager ring last week while a powerful, flashing-eyed old man performed the miracle of interesting them in The History of the Peloponnesian War (431 to 411 B. C.), composed by famed historian Thucydides upon the spot.

The persuasive, clear-eyed man of 62 was not a book agent. When his lips quirked into their celebrated "Mona Lisa smile," he was not attempting to convey by innuendo that the pages of Thucydides are often frank, to say the least. When he strode up and...

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