Thucydides And The Hellenes Summary

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There is a common theme of unifying armies and peoples to overcome war and discourse amongst all the readings. The legacy of unifying a nation and/or peoples to come together and focus on a problem as one instead of fighting amongst each other was prominent especially all the readings were in reference to wars and battles that were occuring for each empire/leader at the time. The unifications in all of the readings was usually done through a democractic process where the majority vote amongst the divided individuals won the decision. In the reading, Thucydides and the Hellenes, Thucydides describes the country of Hellas (known more commonly as Greece) which was always in disarray and the people always fought amongst each other. He talks about…show more content…
Interestingly, this war against Sparta, also known as the First Peloponnesian War, was due to the Athenians trying to unify all of Greece under a democracy. Pericles informs the people that they deomcratically voted to go war under his leadership and that if they keep fighting and directing rage to him and each other, that they would be their own undoing. He unifies the people to remember who their real enemy is and that they must all stay strong together and help each other stay…show more content…
For example most people became aware of the Spartans and the Battle of Thermopylae because of the movie 300. As well, most people are familiar with Greek society, culture, and its traditions due to college Fraternities and Sororities that use the Greek alphabet and host parties using Grrek clothing and due to events such as the Olympics. Greek, Roman, and Chinese legacies are remembered mostly throught the art and literature they left behind that we modern humans still study and are inspired by. Lastly, the military and technological progress these empires had have left a significant impact that has allowed mankind to advance in many ways and the democratical ideas and values have become the foundation to many of our governments
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