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The Humanity of Thucydides
Clifford Orwin

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Notes
A Note on Narrative Style
Introduction3
Ch. 1Prologue: The Athenian Empire as Freely Chosen Project: Pericles' Funeral Oration15
Ch. 2The Outbreak of the War and the Problem of Blame30
The State of the Problem30
"It Is Right..." "It Is Necessary..."38
To the First Spartan Congress and the Speech of the Corinthian Envoys41
Nature, Necessity, and Justice: The Speech of the Athenian Envoys at Sparta44
The "Fifty Years" as a Commentary on the Athenian Speech50
Unresolved Tensions in the Speech of the Athenians at Sparta53
Through Spartan Eyes56
Ch. 3Justice as Usual64
Justice, Virtue, and the Duties of Alliance: The Speech of the Mytilenians at Olympia (3.9-14)64
Plataea and Thebes70
The Justice of Sparta and the Athenian Thesis75
Ch. 4Piety and Necessity87
Piety, Necessity, and the Athenian Thesis: The Delian Debate90
Ch. 5The Melian Dialogue and the Fate of Melos97
Why a Dialogue: Speech and Context (5.84-89)97
Ought the Athenians Attack? (5.90-99)100
Ought the Melians Resist? (5.100-113)103
Spartan Neglect, Athenian Cruelty, Disaster in Sicily109
The Envoys to Melos as Exponents of the Athenian Thesis111
Ch. 6Melos and Syracuse118
The Wisdom and Folly of Nicias118
The Dialogue on Melos and the Mendacity of Euphemus126
Athens and Mycalessus133
The Folly and Wisdom of Nicias136
Motive and Compulsion in the Sicilian Campaign139
Ch. 7The Athenian Thesis Reconsidered: Diodotus and Hermocrates142
The Mytilenian Debate142
The Speech of Hermocrates at Gela163
Ch. 8Domestic Politics172
Plague173
Stasis175
Plague, Stasis, and the Periclean Vision182
The Question of the Regime185
Ch. 9Recapitulation and Conclusion: The Humanity of Thucydides193
Appendix 1: Thucydides 1.22.1-3207
Appendix 2: Thucydides' Use of Prophasis at 1.23.5-6213
Appendix 3: Thucydides' Presentation of the Demand for the Repeal of the Megarian Decree215
Bibliography217
Index229

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