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Hubris, Empire and War: The Nemeses of Athenian Democracy (Lecture Outline and Quotes Compiled by Paul Ewing)

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                          “HUBRIS, EMPIRE AND WAR: THE NEMESES OF ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY”

                                (lecture outline with quotes, compiled by Paul Ewing, 1990)

“In peace and prosperity both states and individuals are activated by higher motives because they do not fall under the dominion of imperious necessities. But war, which takes away the comfortable provision of daily life, is a violent teacher and assimilates men’s characters to their conditions…” Thucydides

 

I. HUBRIS AND NEMESIS

            A. in Mythology

                        But thee, Prometheus racked

                        With anguish infinite,

                        I shudder to behold:

                        For Zeus thou dost defy–self willed–

                        Revering overmuch the sons of men.

                        For tell me, O my friend,

                        How rendering unto them

                        This thankless service, art thou helped?

                        Can short-lived mortals mend thy…

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