The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

And Machiavelli hated republican forms of government, don’t you know?

March 13, 2007

Robert Farley points us to the latest chapter in the continuing story of “everything I need to know about Thucydides I learned from the Melian Dialogue.”

Let’s all remember that while realists argue that the Melian Dialogue captures a basic truth of international politics, Thucydides was cataloging, in his view, Athenian hubris and self-immolation.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.