Papercut Book Cover of Donald Kagan's "The Archidamian War"

About the Book:

The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan, is the second volume in the four-volume set, The Complete History of the Peloponnesian War. As I found out with the first volume, The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War, this title along with the others in the complete set were gifted to Richard Gilmore by Lorelai (with help from Rory) on his 60th birthday.

Actual Book Cover

Seeing the books on the show got me thinking. Should I read the books on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge list in the order they appear on the show? Thanks to the Book Advice and Fandom sites I found while reading the first book in this set, I can find out exactly which episode each book on the list is from. It could be fun to read the books in the order which Rory read them, and it would give me a great excuse to watch the show again. On the other hand, I’ve already started the challenge not doing it this way, and I like consistency. What to do, what to do?

And if you are wondering why I’m rambling on and on about the show rather than describing the book, The Archidamian War, its because the book wasn’t that interesting. Like the first volume, this is a looooong history book that I just couldn’t get into. I slugged through it, and I promised you that I actually read it, but did I retain a word of it? No. I’m sorry, but I did not. Two more volumes of this to go, and for the sake of the challenge I’m going to get through them, but I won’t remember much of what I read at all. Because I’m just not that interested to be honest. There aren’t titles I would choose to read myself.

Papercut book cover of The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan

About the Papercut:

Because this book was mind-numbingly boring, (and because I didn’t retain much of what I read) I felt utterly uncreative when it came to designing the book cover. So I merely adapted the existing cover of a Greek trireme (war ship) to fit the style I came up with for the first volume. I kept the typography consistent and added some fun waves. It clean and simple. Again, it’s not much or very different than the original, but I think all four volumes will look nice together in this simplistic style. (And also, Greek history just doesn’t spark any new ideas for me. Oh well.)

Next title in the volume is "The Peace of Nicolas and the Silician Expedition." Should be riveting.

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