Athens vs. Sparta: The Peloponnesian War

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Biweekly, Wednesday, 10-12, Week 1    Room 1      Space Available

Four centuries before Christ. there was a titanic war between democratic Athens and oligarchic Sparta. Athens, with its famous philosophers, politicians and artists, differed sharply from conservative Sparta with its code of extreme discipline and ruthless militarism. An Athenian general, Thucydides, resolved at the war’s onset to keep an eyewitness record that would be a “possession forever,” and so it has proven to be ever since. He set new standards of accuracy, objectivity, and thoroughness, giving us a tale full of strategy, subterfuge, atrocities, heartbreak, and recognizable humanity. Everyone will read his text, and make a 20-minute presentation on a section of it or on one of a few background topics. Relating it to our world today is encouraged.


David Brodie ( Although he was trained in physics and business administration, the classical Greeks have been a source of interest and admiration since Grade 11 history.

Facilitator Notes:

Welcome letter Athens vs Sparta 2018 – 19

Athens and Sparta – Workshop presentation schedule

Introduction – Thucydides

Thucydides Creates a Political Science