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– Thucydides is an Athenian general fired for misdeeds goes to live in Sparta • Contribution – – First history to account for events solely as a result of human actions History of the Peloponnesian Wars
• Underlying themes –
– war is a ‘sickness’ of the body politic
– love of power causes the war
– Athens loses when it betrays its ideals Readings [in context]
[Athens supports revolt at Potidea, excludes Megarians from its market, war begins, 431] Perícles Funeral Oration, 430
[Peace of Nicias (Spartan king), 421416] Melian dialog, 416 – Melos captured and despoiled
[Disastrous invasion of Sicily, 415 Athens...
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