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ERIC Number: ED085328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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Teaching Ancient History: A Question of Relevance. Occasional Paper Number 74-1.
Godfrey, A. W.
By creative excerpting it is possible to use classical literature to illustrate historical issues of contemporary significance. Thucydides'"Peloponnesian War" provides such illustrations as the Funeral Oration of Pericles, which might be a contemporary eulogy for those who died for the continuance of their democracy; the debate between the Athenians and the islanders of Melos with the Athenians' justifying the "necessity" of their invasion; and the history of self interest among Athenian leaders, which eventually brought their democracy to an end. Thucydides in modern context is rewarding reading, can fascinate a class, and can change the prejudice that antiquity is for museums and quivering scholars. The author is director of Project Upward Bound, State University of New York, Stony Brook. (Author/JH)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook. American Historical Association Education Project.