Arnaldo Momigliano (1908-1987), "Some Observations on Causes of War in Ancient Historiography," Acta Congressus Madvigiani: Proceedings of the Second International Congress of
Classical Studies, 1954
, Vol. I (Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1958), pp. 199-211; rpt. in his Secondo
contributo alla storia degli studi classici
(1961; rpt. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1984), pp. 13-27 (at 21):
War was an ever present reality in Greek life; it was a focus for emotions, ethical
values, social rules. It was not by chance that Herodotus made war the centre of historical writing, and that his successors accepted his decision. War was the centre of Greek life.