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Quote of the Day: Thucydides

Thucydides, whose history provides many of the...

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“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it” (Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War). 

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would select a quote from an Athenian author to tie it in to my article post on the Odyssey.  I thought this quote showed what the ancient Greeks valued in society.  Honor, valor and bravery determined whether one was “worthy” of being called a man.  Thucydides, in his book, is drawing from history, politics and social ideals at the time.  What do you think of this quote?  What characteristics do you think are important in today’s society? 

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  1. I think the same ones Thucydides thought were important then, are even more important now. Just think of our returning troops, or whole societies who are trying to bring about changes to improve their plight. They all require the characteristics that Thucydides held so dear.

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