Thucydides’History of the Peloponnesian War provides incisive historical analysis of the 5th-century BC clash between the Athenian and Spartan alliances. Through his depiction of the Mytilenian debate and the Melian dialogue, Thucydides analyzes prioritization of self-interest, and more specifically, the idea that might makes right. Thucydides’ discussion of these topics indicates that he largely disagrees with the positions taken by the Athenians in these debates.
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"Thucydides on Strength and Justice in the Melian and Mytilenian Debates,"
Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History: Vol. 9
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/aujh/vol9/iss1/9