Donald Kagan

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Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and History
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511-3627

Professor Kagan, who received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1958, has written The Great Dialogue: A History of Greek Political Thought from Homer to Polybius (1965 and 1986); The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (1969); The Archidamian War (1974); The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981); The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire (1990); On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace (1995); While America Sleeps (2000) with Frederick W. Kagan; The Western Heritage (2000) with Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner; The Heritage of World Civilizations (2000) with Albert M. Craig, William A. Graham, Ozment and Turner; The Peloponnesian War (2003).

He was the winner of the National Humanties Medal for 2002, and is a prominent social and political critic. One of his most popular undergraduate courses, CLCV 205: Introduction to Ancient Greek History, recorded at Yale in Fall 2007, is available at, as well as through iTunes U and YouTube.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Thucydides: The Reinvention of History, Viking Press, New York, 2009
  • The Peloponnesian War, Viking Press, New York, 2003. Paperback edition 2004. 
    Dutch translation 2004. Greek translation 2004. Portuguese translation 2006
  • The Western Heritage (with Steven Ozment and Frank M. Turner), 10th edition,
    Prentice Hall, New York, 2009.


Greek History.

Areas of Interest

Politics, international relations, war, political thought.

For further information see Professor Kagan’s page on the History Department web site.