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Peloponnesian War

Thucydides book the History of the Peloponnesian War is a well written work of art. It is lacking a bit when it comes to historical accuracy but still has historical uses. It is an interesting and fun book to read but is lacking when is comes to specific events and speeches. Thucydides had to give up historical accuracies to create a long lasting book. He admits that he would like his book to last through the ages. "My work is not designed to meet the taste of the immediate public, but was...

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Peloponnesian War and Spartan Warriors

it rose to become the dominant military land-power in ancient Greece. Given its military pre-eminence, Sparta was recognized as the overall leader of the combined Greek forces during the Greco-Persian Wars. Between 431 and 404 BC, Sparta was the principal enemy of Athens during the Peloponnesian War, from which it emerged victorious, though at great cost. Sparta's defeat by Thebes in the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC ended Sparta's prominent role in Greece. However, it maintained its political independence...

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Analysis of The History of The Peloponnesian War, By Thucydides

 In Thucydides’, The History of The Peloponnesian War, there are many themes that are illustrated throughout various passages. One major theme can be found in book 2, chapter 53, where Thucydides describes the situation in Athens after it had been stricken with plague during the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides uses his account of the plague to suggest that war is a violent teacher. Among other passages in his work he also suggests that in war, no matter how wealthy and prepared the participants may...

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Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War

Systematic Rationalization of Thucydides' Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian War, being one of the earliest wars with a good historical record, sets an important precedent for those interested in international relations. The information related by Thucydides in his writings on the war allows comparisons to be drawn with modern wars and conclusions to be drawn. One of the most important of these conclusions that may be drawn is that, like in modern times, the balance of power between states in...

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Why Did Athens Lose the Peloponnesian Wars? What Impact Did the Wars Have on Greece?

Why did Athens lose the Peloponnesian Wars? What impact did the wars have on Greece? A good portion of blame for Athens losing the Peloponnesian Wars can be laid at the feet of two men: Alcibiades and the Spartan king, Lysander. Alcibiades was the nephew of Pericles. He was very charismatic and the young people of Athens loved him. But he had a glaring flaw; he lost his parents at a young age and became something of a sociopath, not caring what his deeds resulted in. As stated before...

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Persian wars and the Peloponnesian war

The affect of The Peloponnesian and Persian Wars on the Greeks position in the Ancient World The Peloponnesian War, that took place from (431-404 B.C.), was fought between the Athenians and the Spartans. The Persian Wars, which took place from (499-448 B.C.), were caused from the Persians attempts to conquer the Greek city-states. These wars affected the Greek position in the ancient world and caused the downfall of Athens. The Peloponnesian War was very intense and lasted from (431-404 B.C...

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Why War?

Why War? Is war inevitable? It appears that the answer to this question is yes. However, war is unpredictable and must be studied based on individual circumstances, actions taken, and reactions. States disagree with each other on many subjects and conflicts arise often. To answer this question, we must first examine the causes of a conflict, evaluate the outcome and determine any alternatives that may exist. Then we can analyze some alternative theoretical outcomes compared to the actual...

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Just and Unjust Wars

In this paper, I will attempt to argue Michael Walzer’s reasoning that war is not inevitable, and show that freedom of choice does not exists for the parties involved. I will present an argument for the inevitability of war after outlining Walzer’s objections to the realist’s point of view on the morality of war. In Just and Unjust Wars, Walzer argues against the realist’s view on the morality of war; namely, that war is inevitable therefore eliminating freedom of choice. Before delving into the...

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Historical Causation in Herodotus' The Histories and Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War

Ye Hua Social Foundation 25/09/2012 The significance and implications of assumptions about ‘historical causation’ in Herodotus’s The Histories and Thucydides’sThe Peloponnesian war Historical causation is a facet of historical analysis that focuses on explaining what occasioned or affected historic event. Causation analysis, thus, investigates the social, political, moral background of movements, ideologies and environmental occurrence; nevertheless, these analyses themselves are influenced...

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persian wars

Persian Wars Persians wars were sequences of conflicts contested between Persia and ancient Greece, where the two were both ancient civilizations. The Greeks were successions of sovereign city states, and the most influential cities were Sparta and Athens. Athens had numerous celebrated philosophers and thinkers along having the privilege of being the first world’s democratic government. The people of Athens mostly depended on trade to obtain resources to be used to run the government. On the other...

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