Melian Dialogue Subtext

Melian Dialogue Subtext - November 13, 2007 Athenian Power...

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November 13, 2007 Athenian Power At this juncture in time, the Athenians rightfully feel very powerful, especially in this situation with the Melians. “How can you save your city from destruction, there is no point on going along with this discussion. If, however, you will do as we suggest, then we will speak on” (Thucydides 189). The Athenians want to make it absolutely clear that there is no other choice for them besides surrendering their land to Athens. Defeating the Persians, gives them the right to an empire and the land of the Melians (Thucydides 189). The Athenians attempt to have the Melians surrender by putting forth all the evidence of whom else they have defeated. This is meant to scare and intimidate the Melian to surrendering their land to the Athenians. Being the more powerful figure in this encounter, “the standard of justice” (Thucydides 189) allow the Athenians to do what they want with the weak, which the Athenians believe the Melians just have to accept. The Athenians believe the power they have over the Melians gives them the right
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Joshel during the Fall '08 term at University of Washington.

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Melian Dialogue Subtext - November 13, 2007 Athenian Power...

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