Focus Questions Thucydides

Focus Questions Thucydides - FOCUS QUESTIONS: THUCYDIDES ON...

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FOCUS QUESTIONS: THUCYDIDES ON PERICLES 1. In his “War Speech” (pp. 31-36), what sort of personality ( êthos) does Pericles employ persuade the citizens? How does he encourage them to imitate the personal qualities or frame of mind he displays even before he enumerates his reasons for going to war with Sparta? 2. How does he attribute a collective personality (êthos) to the Spartans? 3. Speaking as an expert on the strategy and logistics of warfare, what specific reasons does he present for likely Athenian success and Spartan failure? 4. How does he try to educate the citizens into adopting the mentality of a maritime power? Given Athens’ long history as a city-state, how accustomed do you think the Athenians were to thinking this way? Was it easy for them to think that their land was of relatively little importance as a resource? 5. How does Pericles’ reasoning appeal to the Athenians’ recent self-image as an imperialist power among Greek city-states? How does he exploit the legacy of
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