Thucydides on Athenians versus Melians about the Rules of War

Primary Source Project for Chapter Four

Citations

"The Melian Dialogue by Thucydides (ca. 400 BC)." In Brian A. Pavlac. A Concise History of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities, 78-79. Second Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Originally published in Thucydides. Thucydides Translated into English. Translated by B. Jowett. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1881, book 5, chaps. 85–113; vol. 2, pp. 398–406.

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Further Links and materials for study

Selection from "The War that Never Ends," directed by Jack Gold. BBC 1991 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNzHOqjMHwY>.

Alexander Kemos. The Influence of Thucydides in the Modern World: The Father of Political Realism Plays a Key Role in Current Balance of Power Theories. Point of Reference. <http://www.hri.org/por/thucydides.html>.

Lauren Axelrod. "The Melian Dialogue: Its Place in Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War." Ancient Digger. <http://www.ancientdigger.com/2011/11/melian-dialogue-its-place-in-thucydides.html>.

Andreas Kluth. "The rape of Melos: Thucydides as great thinker. <http://andreaskluth.org/tag/melian-dialogue/>.

Anthony Grafton. Did Thucydides Really Tell the Truth? The hidden agenda of the pioneering historian. Slate. 19 October 2009 <http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2009/10/did_thucydides_really_tell_the_truth.html>.

Daniel Mendelsohn. “Theatres of War: Why the battles over ancient Athens still rage.” The New Yorker, 12 January 2004. <http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/01/12/theatres-of-war>.

 

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