Thucydides: Melian Dialogue

Excellent illustration of mankind’s perpetual need for power to define oneself, a thirst that hasn’t been quenched since the beginning of time. Don’t blame Bush, blame human nature!

The Great Conversation

In his 2012 book, On Politics, political historian Alan Ryan reflects on the conflict between Athens and Melos during the Peloponnesian War – β€œIt is famous as the worst atrocity committed by a usually decent society, but even more as one of the most famous assertions in history of the rights of unbridled power.” In this video, we will explore the encounter between the Political Realism of Athens and the Political Idealism of Melos.

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