December 29

Ep. 0046: ‘The Strong Do What They Can…”

…and the weak suffer what they must.’  Here’s a look at how Athens was warped by the Peloponnesian War against Sparta in the 400s BC, using two of the most famous sections of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.  In Prof CJ’s opinion, war has a corrosive, de-civilizing effect on a people — even a people who ostensibly espouse humane values.  And the longer a war lasts, the more dramatic this effect becomes, until a people unabashedly proclaim that might makes right, that might is right.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • A very brief bit of background on this war & on Thucydides
  • Pericles’ Funeral Oration
  • The so-called Melian Dialogue
  • The fate of Melos
  • Some thoughts on what these reveal, and examples from more modern history

Announcement:  The Dangerous History Podcast is now available on Stitcher.

(“Aegean Islands Stock Photo” courtesy Suat Eman/freedigitalphotos.net)

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Posted December 29, 2014 by profcj in category "Ancient History", "Podcasts

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