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What is your personal, moral postion on …. the behavior of the Athenians during the plague? the treatment of the Plataeans by Sparta? the verdict of the Athenians against the Mytilenaeans ? the behavior of the Corcyraeans during the civil war ( stasis )?

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what is your personal moral postion on
What is your personal, moral postion on …
  • the behavior of the Athenians during the plague?
  • the treatment of the Plataeans by Sparta?
  • the verdict of the Athenians against the Mytilenaeans?
  • the behavior of the Corcyraeans during the civil war (stasis)?
  • the treatment of the Melians by Athens?
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Alcibiades son of Kleinias, cousin and ward of Pericles 415 BCE Profanation of Eleusinian Mysteries Mutilation of the Hermai

Factionalism, 417/6 BCE: Athens holds an ostrakismos (“ostracism”): Alcibiades and Nicias combine forces temporarily to persuade the ekklesiato ostracize Hyperbolus and thus avoid their own ostracism

Agora Museum in Athens: fragment of an ostrakon bearing the name [A]lkib[iades K]lini[ou]

path of the athenian armada to sicily 415 bce
Path of the Athenian armada to Sicily, 415 BCE

Sicilian Sea

Demarcation of Syracusan / Athenian spheres of influence

issues to consider
Issues to consider
  • What were the arguments made by Nicias and Alcibiades about launching the expedition? What were the complications involved in the expedition?
  • What mistakes did the Athenians make? What might they have done differently to succeed?
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Spring 413: Sparta resumes the war, fortifies the Attic deme of Decelea and sends reinforcements to Sicily under Gylippus
three questions
Three questions
  • Should the Athenians have launched the Sicilian expedition?
  • How should the Athenians have handled the war in Sicily differently?
  • What should the Athenians back in Athens have done after the defeat in 413?