Please analyze this contemporary historical account by answering the following questions in the Discussion Forum:

According to Pericles, what precisely makes Athens great? How does this compare to other city-states? What problems do you see in Pericles’ description of Athens?

Does Thucydides seem to take sides in the Melian debate? Who has the strongest argument? How do the sentiments expressed by the Athenians here jive with the sentiments expressed in the Funeral Oration of Pericles?

Please limit your answers to both questions to around 500 words.


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