November 19, 2016

A Bone for the Protesters

Call your attention to a great Thucydides quote: Athens and Sparta are in an uneasy truce, but many key provisions have not been honored. A separate truce is being negotiated with other cites (itself a breach), when the "gods and heroes clause" is invoked.

"[...] it had been explicitly agreed that the decision of the majority of the allies should be binding upon all, unless the gods or heroes stood in the way."

Lest you think "gods and heroes clause" is another example of my flippancy, it actually occurs in Robert B. Strassler's footnote, directing readers to an Appendix where it is discussed in detail.

Those guys blocking I-5 should latch on to this.

Posted by John Kranz at November 19, 2016 1:38 PM
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