Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Breakfast with Thucydides - continued

Spent part of my breakfast reading time looking for the location of Corcyra. [Its location was a shock, given its distance from Corinth and Athens.]

The other part was regretting that I didn't read Thucydides in high school. The eloquent arguments made in Athens by the emissaries of Corcyra and Corinth should be studied in law school.

This also sparked a recollection of what historian Alan Bullock wrote in Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives:

"Looking back, I cannot think of a better preparation for writing about Hitler and Stalin than a close study of Thucydides, Tacitus, and those sections of Aristotle's Politics that deal with the Greek experience of tyranny."

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