Core 102History and the Modern World
Challenges of Democracy
Roger Williams University  GHH 108
Section 02 LLC T, TH   12:30 PM-1:50 PM
Spring Semester, 2017
Michael R. H. Swanson, Ph. D.
Office: GHH 215
Hours:  M, 12:00-1:00
T, Th,  9:30 - 10:20  Or By Appointment
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Challenges of Democracy
For Tuesday, February 7
For Thursday, February 9
Download and Annotate, from the Core Canon and upload into your Drop Box
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The Theban Dialogue: Democracy or Despotism?  422 BC
Besides "inventing" Democracy, the ancient Greeks also invented Drama.  If you would wish to read the whole play, click here.   As you mark up this short dialogue from the play by Euripides, Do a couple of things:
The modern United States is not the only democracy to fight many wars.  So did ancient Greece, the first  of the European democracies.  Take a look at the video above.  We'll see more of Socrates, later, and also the Meleans.
Review The Suppliants, by Euripides.
The Melian Dialogue:  The Fate of Meles.
For this day we're going to take a look at two documents which "look" the same, but are very different.  The Suppliants, which we are reviewing is an excerpt from a play.  Perhaps I'll call on a couple of would-be actors in class to enact it for us, the audience.  As one can understand, the playwright, Euripides, has a point of view here.  One of the persons in the dialogue favors democracy, the other doesn't.  I think you can figure out which is whic.
Be Warned!  The Melian Dialogue isn't an easy read.  The translation is old, and the language complicated.  You can do it, but leave yourself time to do it.  While this looks very much like a play script, it is more history by Thucydides, who wrote what we read as Pericles Funeral Oration.  This does not mean that he copied what was said word for word.  But he has a reputation for being as accurate as possible.  I don't want to give away the plot, so I won't.   You'll know what happened to whom and the excuses for it by the time you've read your way through it.

On one side of the bargaining Table sit the Melian representatives and on the other side, the Athenian representatives.  Note one thing:  ALL this happens out of sight and mind from the ordinary population of Meles.

After you've read the dialogue, watch the dramatic presentation of it in the video to the left.
The video on the right presents a contemporary analysis of the video by a young man who looks to be a recent college graduate--perhaps he's still in college.  He gives you his take on the the dispute between Meles and Athens..
Analyze this the same way you've analyzed The Suppliants.  Here are a couple of other things to think about.
Then Comes Part II, the Melian Dialogue
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