in Century fonts by JBVS, coached by LB;
started 96/01/03, revised 02/02/22.
Limits to Imperialism --
Hubris & Fall of Athens
IV. Read The Peloponnesian War, pp. 156-164.
TO DO: in blank spaces below & in the margins of
your book, NOTE DOWN main issues & themes.
FIND & UNDERLINE in the text the themes underlined
in the following outline.
[55-59: How does the war develop?
How does this affect Athenian attitudes?
[60-64: WHAT does WAR LEADER advise? ]
60.1-2 (1) What interests are said to be at issue?
(2) What role does money play in decisions? }
61 Main values & interests of .. great city?
63 imperial dignity .. privileges .. burdens
How does empire resemble tyranny?
64.1-2: (1) Sources of Athens’ greatness:
(2) Options for style & manner of life?
(3) Consequences of active life?
65 In Thucydides’ judgment, how did PERICLES compare with
his successors in the government?
Athenian mistakes after Pericles?
The Outcome of the War?
STUDY QUESTIONS: answer the following questions on
the basis of your reading:
For Pericles, what is the highest goal of human
action & the main reason for a city to exist?
How does Pericles’s advice to the Athenians resemble
Achilles’s advice to Patroclus (Iliad 16)?
And how do the Athenians resemble Patroclus in
carrying out the advice?
How much of the war had Thucydides seen when he
wrote paragraph 65?