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POLI 7904 Thucydides (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will be devoted to a careful examination of Thucydides' The War of the Peloponnesians and Athenians. Through both narrative and directly quoted speeches, Thucydides brings to life the twenty-seven-year-long war between Athens and Sparta that elicited the noblest efforts of great statesmen as well as the basest acts of scoundrels and cowards. But in addition to riveting our attention by the manner of his storytelling, Thucydides also teaches us to think seriously about the serious questions that arise in and through war, above all the question of the fate of justice.


Instructor(s): Robert C. Bartlett

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13