Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War


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Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War
Thucydides’ historical recollection about the Peloponnesian War is very insightful for a number of reasons. Not only does it give the reader an accurate account of the military events unfolding throughout the war, but it stands as a great example of just how little human nature and the course of global politics have changed. Thucydides tells us that the Athenian envoys told the Melians that the “strong do what they will and the weak suffer what they must”(Thucydides and Crawley 2004). This statement, despite being originally written literally thousands of years ago, still holds true today. This statement remains an accurate description of global politics to this day.
Thucydides’ statement about how...
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.....ns had believed it would be. Further, the hubris of the Athenians in their ultra-aggressive actions would later come to haunt them in the future. The American military presence in the Middle-East has not done anything to help the already poor perception of the western super-power in the minds of the local peoples. Our presence in Iraq has hurt our international reputation in the area even more, making it that much more difficult for any future, worthwhile diplomatic relationships with countries in the immediate vicinity to take place. These are just a few of the similarities between the Athenians and the American military forces.
Thucydides and R. Crawley (2004). History of the Peloponnes War. Mineola, N.Y., Dover Publications.