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The truth lies with Thucydides

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BC: Positive Consequences: 1. While doing political realism he went through everything thoroughly to collect to data. 2. As being exiled he was still able to take recordings of the war and write them unbiased and without gods. 3. Even with the littlest interest he had in a certain subject or event, it would be recorded greatly detailed and extremely realistic. Negative Consequences: His research was always done strictly and brought sadness to a certain policy.

FC: By Zachh Washburn Period 1 January 11th, 2013 | The truth lies with Thucydides

1: Who is Thucydides? | Thucydides was a greek general and historian. For most of his life he spent fighting in the war or writing about it such as writing the history of the Peloponnesian War. His particular ways of gathering information and the analysis in cause and effects events without gods involved gave him the name the father of scientific history. With being involved in the war, he found an interest in finding an understanding of human nature to explain how people react in crises such as massacres and plagues.

2: The Results of the Peloponnesian War When Thucydides was exiled he wanted to keep history for himself about the Peloponnesian war. His exile meant that he could write about the Peloponnesian War from perspectives of both sides of the war thus meaning his writings were not biased or one-sided. Herodutus known as the father of history also wrote about the Peloponnesian War, but unlike Herodotus, Thucydides interviewed witnesses and actual fighters in the war from both sides to get his evidence and information. His lengthy records and addresses are is practically all that historians today have about him.

3: According to Thucydides, the Peloponnesian War was the biggest war that Greeks are ever involved with in their timeline. The city of Sparta was hit hard (bottom left) during the war and suffered the lost in the war and Athens (top left) ended up defeating them. When more of Thucydides got into the Peloponnesian War, the more he found the truth about it.

4: In his time as his general, General Brasidas of the Sparta attacked Amphipolis of greek in the winter of 424-423 BC. Eucles, the commander at Amphipolis sent for Thucydides for help. General Brasides knew how valuable Thucydides was to the Amphipolis people, so he offered surrender to Amphipolis. By the time Thucydides got toAmphipolis, the Amphipolis people already accepted and the city was already under Spartan control. Amphipolis was a huge importance to the Athenian people and brought great worry to them. They blamed Thucydides for the incident and exiled him for 20 years.

5: Herodotus was a well historian who went before Thucydides in gathering evidence and making recordings about Greek history. He wrote about the Persian Wars with geographical information about the war. However, Herodotus included gods into his evidence, and had the gods affect the result of a variety of battles. This made Thucydides’ evidence more realistic and believable by historians today

6: Salads | Thucydides looked into democracy and felt that dictatorship or when all the power is given to a certain group of people was better. He felt that it democracy could not work because he felt that it was impossible for everyone to agree on one thing. However, Thucydides did not despise democracy, he thought that democracy could be successful if there was a leader that could manage the issues with the government. | Directions Mash anchovies; add next 5 ingredients. Stir in olive oil real slow. Then add grated Parmesan cheese. Add to Romaine lettuce and croutons. | Democracy

8: Thucydides had a deep interest in political realism and international policies. His main interest was to develop a big enough understanding of how they work and how different countries could do better to control their government. Political realism views the relations between nations as based on might rather than right. His philosophy was to focus more on cause and effect and other factors to find a more successful way to control their relations. | Thucydides drew too close to epic poetry and became obsessed with finding out the answer however he could get it. Historians compared his behavior to Plato and Aristotle towards their work. Thucydides’ work is compared to Hippocrates’ for how detailed and realistic it was to be seen by others. His way of going through information and looking at it as not good, made him able to find holes in policies and become the father of political realism.

9: The more Thucydides got involved with political realism and international policies, the more strict and aggressive he got to his students about finding the answer and the method to finding the answer. Historians say that Thucydides treated political realism poorly and brought sorrow to construct a product for himself towards his students.

11: Thucydides looked for the truth in different ways than normal people would search for it. After he was exiled, he stayed with the Peloponnesian War and wrote about it giving people today something to study about the Peloponnesian War. Herodotus did write about the Peloponnesian War, but Thucydides was someone who looked at everything logically to seek his answer and the truth he believed in for his interests and thoughts.

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