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Learning Goal: I’m working on a political science question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Book I, paragraphs 1, 18-103, 107, 115-117, 139-146
NOTE TO TUTOR: I will provide the book pages in a PDF. You need to read the paragraph numbers labeled above. If you have any questions please reach out to me!
at the beginning of the paper briefly explain why you chose that particular question, then proceed to answer that question by:
a) selecting and including in your paper two distinct passages from the text (This means including 2 quotes)
b) explaining and interpreting what you regard as the correct meaning of each passage
c) considering their implications with regard to the text as a whole
d) most importantly, explaining in detail why those two passages constitute important evidence
to answer the specific question you chose.
REQUIREMENT: This should be a full, single-spaced page.
Start by selecting ONE of the several discussion questions found in the Canvas assignment for that
1: realism
Thucydides is sometimes identified as the father of “realism,” both in his understanding of international relations as well as, more broadly, based on a certain approach to explaining why people behave the way they do. Do you think Thucydides is a “realist,” and what does that mean, exactly?
2: motives
What are Thucydides’ stated (and possibly unstated) motivations in taking up the difficult task of writing the history of the Peloponnesian War?
3: speeches
Thucydides includes in his historical narrative several speeches by various figures. Why does he do that? As readers, how should we approach these speeches?
4: empire
How did Athens rise to power and greatness according to Thucydides? Please notice the extended historical “flashback” starting on paragraph #89 (on the margin of each paragraph you’ll find the date and place when the events described in it happen). Is he simply relating a series of facts or are there some hints of Thucydides’ personal views on the history and present conduct of the Athenian empire?
5: democracy
How is democracy presented in book I of Thucydides’ history?

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