Thucydides, Pericles, and the Idea of Athens in the Peloponnesian War


Thucydides, Pericles, and the belief of Athens within the Peloponnesian battle is the 1st finished examine of Thucydides' presentation of Pericles' radical redefinition of the town of Athens throughout the Peloponnesian warfare. Martha Taylor argues that Thucydides subtly opinions Pericles' imaginative and prescient of Athens as a urban divorced from the territory of Attica and targeted, as a substitute, at the sea and the empire. Thucydides exhibits that Pericles' reconceputalization of the town led the Athenians either to Melos and to Sicily. towards the top of his paintings, Thucydides demonstrates that versatile pondering the town exacerbated the Athenians' civil conflict. supplying a radical critique and research of Thucydides' missed publication eight, Taylor indicates that Thucydides praises political compromise founded round the conventional urban in Attica. In doing so, he implicitly censures either Pericles and the Athenian imperial undertaking itself.

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