Reading questions on “The Melian Dialogue”

Since the reading is quite short, questions will be too.

(1) What is the first thing the Athenians tell the Melians as they begin the debate?

(2) Is the dialogue a debate? Why or why not?

(3) How do the Melians attempt to defend their position? What specific arguments do they use?

(4) What reasons do the Athenians present for explaining why they are unconvinced by the Melians’ arguments?

(5) Does the Athenian position square with the virtues described in “Pericles’ Funeral Oration”? Explain your answer.

(6) Which side do you think has the better argument?



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