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7. The Sicilian Expedition and the End of Thucydides' Account
About this Lecture
If the Melian Dialogue shows Athens at the height of her powers, the Sicilian Expedition that follows is where everything goes wrong. In this module, we outline Thucydides’ account of the Sicilian Expedition, looking in particular at the speeches of Alcibiades and Nicias, before considering how Thucydides’ account, and the war itself, comes to an end.
In this course, Professor Neville Morley (University of Bristol) explores Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on the key episodes in the text and thinking in particular about some of the historiographical issues that modern historians face when reading Thucydides. As we move through the course, we think about the opening paragraphs of Thucydides’ history and his methodology as a historian, his views on historical causation, his dramatisation of history, and his sense of the tragedy of history, among many other issues.
Neville Morley is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol, who has published widely on ancient economic and social history, the theory and methodology of history, and the historian Thucydides.
At present, he is working on a book on Karl Marx for the OUP Classics in Theory series, and developing new research projects on ecology and economics in the Roman world, as well as continuing to write articles on Thucydides and his reception and other topics.
Cite this Lecture
Morley, N. (2018, August 15). Thucydides - The Sicilian Expedition and the End of Thucydides' Account [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/thucydides/the-sicilian-expedition-and-the-end-of-thucydides-account
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