“The Strong Do What They Can and the Weak Suffer What They Must:” The Melian Dialogue (Thucydides 6)

I read the Melian Dialogue, a central episode in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, and offer some commentary on the most significant parts. Thucydides’ realism is not identical to the Athenians’ realism, which is more deterministic and extreme.

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