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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  1. Harland W. Sexton

    Harland W. Sexton

    April 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    There is no place in my beliefs to follow anyone of history past … No god will find my foot steps following those preceding me to their terrible ends because I am wiser for their misguided allegiance as history so brutally portrays … I know what ever I aspire to in life the ability to live up to that/those responsibility/ies is mine alone … I am not an assuming being … I am a human being …

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