Thucydides—History of the Peloponnesian War

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Thucydides—History of the Peloponnesian War  12/01/2009 21:52:00 The Melian Dialogue Dialogue between the Athenians who come to take over the island of Melos  and its parliament  Melians—colony of Sparta but neutral during wars  Athenians sent negotiators before attack land Melians asked the Athenians not to talk to the people due to the chaos it  would invoke but rather to parliament  Athenians: the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel o The strong do what they have the power to do  o The weak accept what they have to accept  o Believe melians should act with self-interest in mind in order to spare  the destruction of its city (safety) Believe if friends with melians it is a sign of weakness where as  the hatred for their occupancy is evidence of power  o Justice and honor involves one in danger 
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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