By S.N. Jaffe

This paintings deals a brand new analyzing of Thucydides' well-known account of the origins of the Peloponnesian War.

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2). 5). The echoed character of these passages—two Corcyraean and one Athenian—suggests a link between them, but more some thematic connection between necessity (ἀνάγκη) and advantage (τὰ ξυμφέροντα), the latter the theme of the Corcyraean speech as well as the Athenian one. 6). Consistent with this Diodotean claim, the Corcyraeans are fighting for their continued freedom, one of the (allegedly) greatest things. 39 The first is the Athenian navy. 2). As the ambassadors consistently stress, however, the benefits of the alliance hinge upon the likelihood of a wider war between Athens and the Peloponnesians.

2). As the ambassadors consistently stress, however, the benefits of the alliance hinge upon the likelihood of a wider war between Athens and the Peloponnesians. 40 Corcyra surely makes this claim because the advantages of the proposed alliance are decisively magnified if a war is coming. In other words, she has a powerful incentive to overstate the inevitability of broader conflict. 41 It is then to meeting the exigencies of a coming Peloponnesian war that Corcyra attempts to impress upon the Athenians the signal advantages of alliance.

As the ambassadors consistently stress, however, the benefits of the alliance hinge upon the likelihood of a wider war between Athens and the Peloponnesians. 40 Corcyra surely makes this claim because the advantages of the proposed alliance are decisively magnified if a war is coming. In other words, she has a powerful incentive to overstate the inevitability of broader conflict. 41 It is then to meeting the exigencies of a coming Peloponnesian war that Corcyra attempts to impress upon the Athenians the signal advantages of alliance.

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