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BC: Works Cited "Thucydides, C.460-c.400 B.C." Thucydides, C.460-c.400 B.C. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2013. "Thucydides' Writing of History." Thucydides' Writing of History. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.

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1: My name is Thucydides. I was born near Athens, and I grew up there. There was recently a plague that swept through the region,, but the region has recovered for the most part. I am employed now as a general for Athens in the war against Sparta. My goal, aside from grinding Sparta to a pulp, is to find truth in the world once more.

2: My key job as general right now is to defend the fine polis of Amphipolis. The Athenian Army (on left) should have no trouble with this job, especially under my command. War is truth. There is a definite victor in war. One cannot argue the results of war. The clarity is beautiful, not only in winning or losing, but also in objective and strategy.

3: Here's my army! Right now we are practicing our phalanx, so that we can perform well against the Spartans. To tell the truth, I feel a tiny bit nervous about this whole thing. My term as general has not been very long, and Spartans eat up these wars like olives. I'll pray to Athena before we part, but what if that is not enough?

4: My army lost. Amphibolis was destroyed. As punishment, I have been exiled from Athens for twenty years. In this time, I will be searching the land for truth and places in which truth is found. My earlier statement that "war is truth" still holds true, but I am not satisfied with such a simple answer. Truth must be preserved, and passed on to new generations. As soon as I return to Athens, I will begin reading up on wars and writing my own interpretations of them.

5: Here's me and Herodotus, the father of history. Upon studying historical works of the past, I found that all of them are biased in every way, shape, and form. Biases suck the truth out of war. They twist the stories and give the readers half the story, if even that. War is no place for emotion. By subjecting others to your own exaggerating, history skews over time to become so incredibly inaccurate that it is almost not worth having the records.

6: It turns out that Herodotus is not the only person who uses biases in history. So does every historian out there. I am beginning the wonder if other professions use biases, like priests or merchants. Come to think of it, there is no reason for them not to be. If biases are in play, everything is a giant scam. To discover truth, biases must be eliminated.

7: Another place where biases are inevitable would be the government. This one came as a shock to me at first, because the government was created to keep things in their order. If biases exist in the government, however, then the government would just be preventing equality, wouldn't it? Biases are not only untrue, but counter- productive for Greece.

8: I have begun to write my own histories. The thing that makes my histories special is that I have removed bias from them. I am writing the historical documents about my passion, war. Right now, I am working on the history of the Peloponnesian War. I have found that I am often guilty of letting bias slip, so this project has been rather difficult. In the end, it will be worth it.

9: By documenting wars without biases, the records are more accurate for both sides of the story. No exaggerations, no heroes, just facts. The future generations and civilizations will be able to fully understand each event of the war correctly, and every civilization will be able to use the document because it won't be from any specific perspective. Lacking bias is better for both education and business.

11: Writing with bias teaches children to do the same, whereas teaching without bias helps teach children to write without a bias. Hopefully, my historical documents will help the public understand how the wars really happened. Hopefully, the writings will also discourage biased decisions in readers. Well, whatever happens after this, at least I know what truth means to me. Truth is unbiased. Truth is universal. Truth stays true forever. History is true.

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