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Department
Political Science
Course
PS-0061
Professor
Malik Mufti
Semester
Spring

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Lecture 6 Book 4 • 424, Sparta resorts to slaves as soldiers o Grants 2000 slaves a reward, never heard of again • When Cleon and Brasitias die, more peaceful on both sides Book 5 • Nicias, wealthy, well­reputable man, good commander, very cautiou • Wants to protect reputation, good leader because he is satisfied and favors peace Melian Dialogue • Athens tries to conqueror Melos, a Spartan ally, but they refuse, they want to be  neutral • Athens says, we don’t deserve or have a just reason to conqueror you, but we are  stronger and you are weak, so just submit o Human nature dictates to try and control all o Not the same attitude they had towards Sparta • Melians say they just in that they will come out of it o Belief that gods will intervene and that Sparta will remain loyal o They know they cannot defeat Athens, want to believe in something to  help them o Situation is submit or die or pray • Athens no longer has prudent and moderate leaders • Athens killed all the male Melians, and sold women and children into slavery • Futily of hope, and evolution of Athens and their increased harshness Book 6 and 7 • Athenians want to conqueror Sicily, use all the resources • Nicias­Alcibiades o Nicias doesn’t want to go on expedition, will require a lot of soldiers,  100,000, long war, about a decade. Generals did not want to go to war.  Don’t want to waste their military, and their institution, don’t want to risk  it  Had opposite effect, made people think tha
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