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Thucydides Book 7 Questions

1. As you read Book 7, it becomes clearer and clearer that the Athenian expedition is turning into tragedy. What was your experience of reading this book? It does contain some of Thucydides’ best writing – and I hope you enjoyed his majestic comma… Continue reading

04. May 2009 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 4 Study Questions

Dear All,You may find by now that Book 4 is significantly different from the narratives of the previous three books. Thucydides focuses more closely on three main arenas that were previously introduced in our earlier readings. It is an exciting bo… Continue reading

05. March 2009 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 3 Study Questions

Hi folks,Here are our next set of discussion questions for Book 3. I hope that the minimal notes will also help us keep the larger perspective of Thucydides’ direction in mind. I will get a more detailed outline of Book 3 to you next week.Reading … Continue reading

12. January 2009 by Arrian
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Thucydides Study questions Book 2

Dear fellow readers, What a great conversation we had on Book 1. I appreciate the input you all gave on that call. I was impressed with the questions you all raised and how many different approaches came up. We will have to bring up Thucydides’ ph… Continue reading

11. December 2008 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 1 Study Guide Questions

Dear all, First I want to thank you for your interest and support in helping to make this reading group happen. I love telling my students that I am involved in this project and that the classics are important both inside and outside of school. I … Continue reading

10. November 2008 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 7 Questions

Greetings fellow Thucydideans,Please feast your eyes on a great quote that Mark Casey found for us vis-a-vis Book 7. Then look over the questions as you continue reading Book 7 in anticipation of our next call on Monday January 7. I look forward t… Continue reading

12. December 2007 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 5.26-6.105 Questions

The Melian Dialogue, the Rise of Alcibiades & the Sicilian Expedition 1. The Melian Dialogue – In one of the most enduring passages from Thudydides, Athens pressures Melos, a neutral Spartan island colony, to submit to Athenian imperial demands. A… Continue reading

05. November 2007 by Arrian
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Thucydides Questions Book 5.26-6.105

Hi fellow Thucydideans,We are approaching one of the most compelling historical narratives ever told concerning events in the second phase of the Peloponnesian war. “Lord Macaulay called Thucydides’ seventh book, which includes the description of … Continue reading

15. October 2007 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 4.1- 5.26 Questions

Please look over these comments and questions for our discussion next week. I hope you are enjoying Book 4 as much as I am!Andre Thucydides Book 4.1– 5.26Three main efforts, a pivotally symbolic triptych 1. Pylos – Comment: The narration of this e… Continue reading

25. September 2007 by Arrian
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Thucydides Book 3 Questions

Hi folks, I really enjoyed getting the chance to meet some of you (in person) at the MET last week. I am still coming down from our discussions and the exhibits, especially the Roman sculptures (the Caligula bust is in such good condition) and Rom… Continue reading

20. August 2007 by Arrian
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