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It is commonly assumed that a good leader possesses certain characteristics and abilities that allow himher to understand and accomplish what is good for hisher citizenssubjects Machiavelli in writing The Prince is addressing the prince of Florence directly giving him advice on how to be a successful leader Aeschylus in writing the suppliants was writing a play not directing one person in particular but within the play he displaces what is believed to be a good ruler in Pelasgus the king of Argos Although both men seem to have totally different views on whats good for the citizenssubjects they seem to agree is some points as to what characteristics rulers must possess When Aeschlys first presents Pelasgus to us in The Suppliants the first impression of him is when he first arrives on the scene and he is speaking with the leader of the daughters His skepticism is played at first questioning the girls claim at lineage of Argos but he allows them to plead their case telling the story of Zues and his mistress After he agrees to believe the women when theyre explaining their case to him he shows genuine concern for his kingdom and the people when he says And undertake a dangerous war It is much to ask Aeschylus 64 When the Suppliants fire back with If you respect the suppliant the sacrifice you pay will be the best That a man of pure life can offer On the gracious alters of the gods Aeschylus 65 their obviously trying to appeal with the Kings wishes to be a just and rightful ruler but the King not a typical King of the time let the ladies know that it was not his decision alone It is not my house at whos hearth you sit and if the
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