Love and Betrayal Brings Down Ancient Athens (Thucydides 7)

Launching from a discussion of the Melian Dialogue in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, Laurie Johnson discusses how the extravagant figure Alcibiades factored in to Athens eventual demise. The Melians’ warnings were not heard during the dialogue, but they were felt as Athens was lured into disaster by this most fascinating charismatic character.

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