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  1. Aim: “Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal: can such a nation long endure?”Aim: Could the Athenian ideal succeed?Aim: Does might make right? Do wars of conquest corrupt our values?

  2. The Parthenon

  3. Parthenon and the Acropolis - funded with the tax dollars of the Delian League

  4. The Athenian Empire (the Delian League)

  5. The Athenian Empire in revolt

  6. The Athenian “Long Wall” strategy

  7. Massacre at Corcyra • Why do the Greeks slip into barbarism? • What is Thucydides view about this war? • How does this relate to Pericles’ Funeral Oration? • How does knowing this affect your analysis?

  8. Melian Dialogue: Might Makes Right • Why won’t the Athenians let the Melians stay neutral? Is this just the way of the world? • How did the Melians respond? Would the Melians have been wise to submit? • Was the conquest of Melos just? • Compare this dialogue with Pericles' Funeral Oration--had the costs of the war changed the values and behavior of the Athenians? • Can Athens maintain its values of individualism and freedom while subjugating other peoples?

  9. Aim: “Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal: can such a nation long endure?”Aim: Could the Athenian ideal succeed?Aim: Does might make right? Do wars of conquest corrupt our values?