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History of the Peloponnesian War

Who do you think were the intended audiences of Pericles' Funeral Oration and Xenophon’s description of the Spartan...

One important thing to consider in reading the Funeral Oration is that it was recorded by Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian Wars. In other words, it is not exactly a primary source,...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 3:14 pm UTC

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History of the Peloponnesian War

In Thucydides' "The History of the Peloponnesian Wars," what was the significance of the "Melian Dialogue?"

Greek historian and general Thucydides (c. 460-c. 395 B.C.) wrote his History of the Peloponnesian War as just that: a history. An invaluable work that is, of course, still studied today in...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2013 2:56 am UTC

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History of the Peloponnesian War

Does the "Melian Dialogue" from Thucydides' The History of the Peloponnesian Wars validate the realistic position?

One could logically argue that the Melian Dialogue, which takes place in Book V, Chapter XVII, of The History of the Peloponnesian Wars, by Thucydides, does validate the realist position. The...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2015 8:17 pm UTC

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What were the cultures, national interest, strengths and weaknesses of Athens and Sparta at the outbreak of the war?

Greece had recently emerged victorious from the Persian Wars (499-449 B.C.). Perceiving themselves as the leaders of Hellas and superior to their neighbors, the Athenians worked to gain influence...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018 3:48 pm UTC

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History of the Peloponnesian War

Who fought in the Peloponnesian war? What was one cause of the war?

At the end of the Persian wars, Athens became extraordinarily powerful, looting the treasury of the Delian league for an extensive program of rebuilding and forcing was were almost equal allies to...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 11:52 pm UTC

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In The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, what light do the speeches like the one titled "The Athenian...

I'm not quite sure which passage you are referring to when you ask about the "Athenian Case." In my copy of Thucydides, I've never exactly seen that term used specifically (there are at least two...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 5:47 pm UTC

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Pericles celebrates Athenian democracy in his funeral speech. What is it about the Athenian form of government that...

First of all, we need to establish what democracy meant in Athens in the 5th century BCE and how it operated. In doing so, we will see it was radically different from what we mean by democracy...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 11:12 am UTC

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