Nature of Athens Analytical Essay by poloshot2

Nature of Athens
This essay discusses the causes of the Hellenic war and looks at how Athens lost the war.
# 119319 | 1,665 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2010 in History (Greek and Roman) , Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that the great civilization of Hellas prided itself in cultural works that led to achieving the reputation of being the birthplace of Western civilization. The Greeks had much to be proud about: their democratic way of life that stressed the importance of the individual, creative and innovative thinking, economic expansion, scientific accomplishments, promotion of the arts, and military strength. The writer discusses that Athens, in all her glory, held tight to these beliefs and developed confidence that the Athenian strength would prevail over enemies that attempted to bring down this great society. The writer also discusses that a key question raised in Thucydides is how did the Hellenic war happen and how did Athens lose the war? The writer concludes that greed and conceit overcame the common sense of Athens leadership and this contributed to her downfall.

From the Paper:

" Is Athens acting self-interest or common good for the Hellas world to protect them from attack again? The war effected Athens in many ways. The war effected Dunamis laws, moral character and humanity of the polis. Athens conflict from Dunamis brought on its own destruction. After the war the nature of Athens was broken and the city never regained the power in had before the war. The writer sees strong parallels between today's war in Iraq and the war in Peloponnesus. Just as Athens, the United States sees it self as the world's police force and unfortunately the United States may fall fate to what happen to Athens."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Rex Warner. New York: Penguin Books, 1954.

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