Essays Tagged: "Thucydides"

Herodotus: Greek Historian

last six(6) pages will speak of or mention other historians, such as Homer, Anaximander, Hecataeus, Thucydides, Machavelli, Plato, Sophocles, Theopompus, and Philistus in order to show Herodotus' pros ... on River. (Bailkey, 57-102)The first to write about Greek history was Homer, but when Herodotus and Thucydides began their writing it was a different type, primarily because they narrated it. Herodotu ...

(31 pages) 210 0 4.7 Nov/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers

How Far Does The Period 478-404 Bear Out The Contention That "Spartan Policy Is Always Governed Mainly By The Necessity Of Taking Precautions Against The Helots"?

states in all of Hellas. Spartas policies have been questioned bymany ancient historians including Thucydides himself and it could beargued that some of Spartas policies did have alterior motives and ... ed themselves against the Persian invaders and are nowlooking to go on the offensive. At this point Thucydides considers Spartato be leading Greek state and as such one would expect the Spartans to be ...

(7 pages) 41 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

History of the Peloponnesian War, written by Thucydides, is a work that concerns many aspects of this long combat.

History of the Peloponnesian War, written by Thucydides, is a work that concerns many aspects of this long combat. One of its sections includes t ... of some prominence and authority was an essential part of it. In History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides decides to include the description of the plague, which struck Greeks during the second y ... ricles during the winter which concluded that year. However, there also is another reason as to why Thucydides chose this order for his description of the plague in the Pericles' Funeral Oration - in ...

(6 pages) 148 1 4.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > Asian History

Ancient History, analysing sources

ent Task #1:Assessing Written and Archaeological sourcesFactors which influenced an ancient writer -ThucydidesA)How did Thucydides' experiences, aims and sources help him to write as accurately as pos ... de a comparison with Athens under the rule of Cleon that would come out negatively towards Cleon in Thucydides' writings. His political views would certainly have created some bias: He thought that De ...

(3 pages) 48 0 3.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Responses to three issues in government: morality, conservativism and Sartre's The Wretched of the Earth

do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."(From The History of The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides)QUESTION:What would George Kennan say about the above statement? Does he believe in inter ...

(7 pages) 66 1 4.5 May/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

(i.)Explain Themistokles' contribution to Athens before and during the Persian invasion of 480/479 BC.

k victory. Despite the Greek success at Marathon, he prepared Athens for future threats from Persia.Thucydides says that the Athenians built triremes "at the persuasion of Themistokles" to meet the po ...

(2 pages) 21 0 0.0 May/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Is Evil Human Nature The Cause of War?

immoral'. This essay will outline this case, and its development over time, through writers such as Thucydides, Machiavelli and Hobbes, before investigating other more 'scientific' approaches to the q ... roponent of the Classical Realist position is usually accepted as being the ancient Greek historian Thucydides, who commented at length on the competition between Hellanic city-states. In particular, ...

(8 pages) 124 2 4.1 May/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Military & International Conflicts & Security

Year 12 Ancient History Assessment Task. Pericles "How did the policies of Pericles contribute to the expanding power and influence of the Athenian Empire?

dary and archaeological sources. The primary sources used are 'History of the Peloponnesian War' by Thucydides and 'Pericles' by Plutarch. These sources were written after the event occurred but still ...

(4 pages) 62 0 3.0 Jul/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

"What are the similarities and differences between Thucydides' and Herodotus' depictions of Themistocles as a person?"

Both Thucydides and Herodotus' depictions of Themistocles suggest that he is a devious person. In a sourc ... voys were then sent to Athens after receiving rumour of the fortifications and discovered the wall. Thucydides states Themistocles response is as followed "Themistocles, realising this, told them that ... o have an admiration of his quick wit and ability to manoeuvre his way out of difficult situations. Thucydides tells of when it was discovered that the Athenian's had fortified there city and the othe ...

(4 pages) 47 0 4.0 Aug/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers

Compose an essay discussing the Peloponnesian War and its significance in the study of politics. Why War?

trol of the region.The need to keep a balance of power is the main reason of the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides attains that Sparta's fear of Athenian rule provided an unavoidable path to war. Athens c ... te and cooperate than to always aggressively pursue further domination. Donald Kagan disagreed with Thucydides pessimistic view of the inevitability of the Peloponnesian War. Kagan stated that Sparta' ...

(4 pages) 63 0 5.0 Mar/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

The Peloponnesian Wars.

Causes of the war:According to Thucydides, the cause of the war was the "fear of the growth of the power of Athens" throughout the ... t Megara, an ally of Sparta. These sanctions, known as the Megarian decree, were largely ignored by Thucydides, but modern economic historians have noted that forbidding Megara to trade with the prosp ... ld have been disastrous for the Megarans. The decree was likely a greater catalyst for the war than Thucydides and other ancient authors realized, more so than simple fear of Athenian power.The "Archi ...

(4 pages) 70 0 0.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History

Aims and Purpose of History

y linked to Macintyre's discussion on national history and how this becomes a motive of historians. Thucydides and Herodotus both attempted to glorify epic battles in order to maintain their country's ... ents to be seen as somewhat unreliable, regardless of the fact that he was skeptical of some events.Thucydides adopted a scientific approach to history, thus his aim and purpose was to use reliable so ...

(4 pages) 41 0 3.7 Aug/2006

Subjects: History Term Papers

Thucydides on Pericles and Athens

Athens, said by Thucydides, is so great a city it is to be "an education to Greece" (p. 78). It was a city that prid ... by its allies, how is it possible that it can come to such a rapid and pitiful demise?According to Thucydides, the success of Athens was not simply due to the spoils of war but rather due to the hard ... chosen based on "the ability which the man possesses" (p.77) rather than his class. Second of all, Thucydides states that there was a significant difference in the military mindset to that of their o ...

(2 pages) 29 0 4.6 Oct/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

Athens Excluded: Metics

tempting to prevent arbitrary prosecution and punishment. In Pericles' Funeral Oration, composed by Thucydides, he stated that, "Our constitution is called a democracy because power is in the hands no ...

(6 pages) 31 0 0.0 Nov/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

The First Modern Historian

ver, his historical methods were much different than the historical methods that are practiced now. Thucydides was the first modern historian, the type of which we are familiar with today. He took Her ... ry from something more for enjoyment to a learning tool to improve the future by studying the past. Thucydides had a purpose for his history and a reason for writing it; he was the first modern histor ...

(7 pages) 63 0 5.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

The Melian Dialogue

e about the relationship between strong and weak states, and between power and morality David Greer Thucydides can be seen as the first great Historian, and his "history of the Peloponnesian war"ʏ ... ar"� is said to be the catalyst of the realist tradition. A question often asked, is whether Thucydides is a realist or not? He is merely recording a realist opinion? To answer the question, le ...

(8 pages) 31 0 3.0 Jul/2001

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

International Relations

"Thucydides is the father of realism."(Nye, 9) In his book, the History of the Peloponnesian War, he ... ulick (Europe's Classical Balance of Power) and Joseph Nye (Understanding International Conflicts), Thucydides' approach to conflict is encompassed within a universal understanding of human nature and ... liberalism and constructivism.Realism is the idea that people perceive the actually existing world. Thucydides thought that because of the continuing state of anarchy, war in international politics is ...

(5 pages) 61 0 3.0 Feb/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

How is the allegory of the cave in Plato's Republic a good example of hubris; and how is hubris portrayed in Livy's, Thucydides', and Euripides' respective works of literature?

cave in Plato’s Republic a good example of hubris; and how is hubris portrayed in Livy’s, Thucydides’, and Euripides’ respective works of literature?Hubris is an important term whe ... ic, but also in parts of Euripides’ The Bacchae, Livy’s The Early History of Rome, and in Thucydides’ On Justice Power and Human Nature, and hubris is never viewed by either society as ...

(5 pages) 24 0 3.0 Feb/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Why do realists believe international politics to be 'recurrent and repetitive'?

introduce some the key concepts of realism itself. Considered one of the originators of realism is Thucydides, who used realism to the Peloponnesian wars. Niccolo Machiavelli (Prince) and Thomas Hobb ...

(12 pages) 30 0 1.0 Nov/2009

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History > International Organizations & Conflicts

What advantages did Xerxes enjoy when he invaded Greece in 480 BC and why did he not gain victory over the Greeks?

also seem implausible explanations. Of much more illuminating power are the views of the analytical Thucydides who observed that the Persians were beaten mainly by their alacrity and errors in judgeme ...

(11 pages) 36 0 0.0 Aug/2010

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies