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2/7/12 lecture19.html 1/1 C:/Users/JIMMIN~1/AppData/Local/Temp/Rar$EX34.269/«/lecture19.html Open Yale CoXUVeV CLCv 205: Introduction to Ancient Greek Histor\ Lecture 19 - The Peloponnesian War, Part II << previous session _ next session >> OyeUyieZ: In this lecture, Professor Kagan focuses on the causes of the Peloponnesian War and the possible motivations for Thucydides' book, The Histor\ of the Peloponnesian War . Concerning the first point, Professor Kagan parts ways with Thucydides and argues that the war was not inevitable and that the Athenians under Pericles followed a policy of deterrence, which was aimed at peace. Similarly, he points out that there were a number of Spartans who did not want war as well. Therefore, according to this line of reasoning, war broke out due to a number of factors that were avoidable. Concerning the second point, Professor Kagan argues that Thucydides was a revisionist historian. In other words, Thucydides was writing
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Unformatted text preview: not as a disinterested historian, but as a historian with a point to make, namely, that the war was inevitable and that Athens was only a democracy in name under Pericles. Finally, Professor Kagan acknowledges that his two points are debatable. Reading aVVignmenW: Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan and Roberts. Ancient Greece . Oxford University Press: New York, 1999, pp. 287-329. Plutarch, The Rise and Fall of the Athens : Alcibiades. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War , Books VI-VII. ClaVV lecWXUe: ReVoXUceV: Peloponnesian War II [PDF] Yale University 2008. Some rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated on this page or on the Open Yale Courses website, all content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0)...
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