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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?. The Parthenon.

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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?

massacre at corcyra
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?
melian dialogue might makes right
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?
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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?