DISC Thucydides and Herodotus

DISC Thucydides and Herodotus - spreading germs and plague...

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Thucydides (ca. 460-395 BCE) (Melian Debate, Funeral Oration) -second father of history basically -Peloponnesian Wars 431-404 BCE -doesn’t use myths b/c he doesn’t want to get caught up in those kinds of things, doesn’t like myths and ethnography and Herodotus -says Peloponnesian Wars are more important than Persian wars -records direct observations (of his own or of others) (historical relevalance) DEBATE/FUNERAL - reproduced accounts PLAGUE - happens again (symptoms, awareness, future generations/medically) - piety and honor means nothing when things go bad - hot guys jumping in fountains
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Unformatted text preview: spreading germs and plague to people-transmit information down generations autopsy on events Herodotus (ca. 484-420 BCE)-first father of history-cause of Persian wars 490-480 BCE-he was 4 years old when it happened. So he uses myths and ethnography (describes origins of all ethnic groups) and geography and travel throws everything in it evolution of Greek philosophy Thucydides questions the validity of the gods. Gives both sides of the argument in Melian debate… LIKE HERODOTUS PG 78-79 Txtbk Herodotus and Thucydides- second father of history basically...
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