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Answer the four questions from Thucydides’s The Peloponnesian War. Each question should be answered by a short well thought out paragraph. I have attached reading that goes in order of the questions. All the answers should be there, you just need to understand what you are reading. The questions are: Both Cleon (3.37-38) and Diodotus (3.42-43) open their speeches with the issue of assembly-debate. What are the limits of such debate, if any, and when should they be drawn? Once a decision has been taken, what are the potential downsides to reopening debate on the same issue next time the assembly meets? What is the ‘prudential’ (as I called it) argument offered by Diodotus (3.45-47)? How does it refute Cleon’s case? What might this choice of argument say about Athens at this time? What are the lines of political disagreement in 415, as seen from the assembly-speeches of Nicias and Alcibiades? How do the ‘private’ lives of these figures fit in? What might this say about Athenian politics? Does Thucydides blame Nicias (6.19-26, esp. 24), or is he making another point in this retrospective account of the expedition to Sicily?

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