Connop Thirlwall’s 'History of Greece' appeared in eight volumes between 1835 and 1844 and ran to a second edition (1846–52). This single volume provides a representative selection from the original eight. Each selection has been edited to suit the conventions of modern scholarship, while Liddel's introduction places Thirlwall’s history in the context of nineteenth-century historiography of ancient Greece. Liddel also examines Thirlwall’s free-thinking intellectual background, and analyses his disavowal of certainty, his use of material evidence and analogy, and his sophisticated understanding of the relations between ancient and modern.
Connop Thirlwall (1797–1875) was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1818 to 1834, prior to a career in the Church. Peter P. Liddel is Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of Manchester.