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The Peaceful Acquisition of an Empire Every nation in the world wants to rule that world It is human nature to want to be the supreme power without any type of restrictions To be that supreme ruler you have to do things in a highly unorthodox manner and then do some very questionable things Most likely you will alienate yourself from your people friends and the rest of the nations you conquer You will merely be a ruler a name whispered in the back of the room as you walk by or feared and hated by everyone On the other hand if you rally your nation and country men to your cause the battle will be won and it will be celebrated by all in your empire This is the difficult part rallying everyone in your land to your side to fight your cause and to die for your cause Thucydides portrays an interesting view of Athenian expansionist feelings and then Socrates contradicts them all with is view of the arts Thucydides portrays the Athenians as being innovative quick to plan and accomplish any form of policy they have designed He then characterizes everyone else as being slow lazy un-innovative action less peoples that wish to form no stance against the Athenians The Athenians again are bold beyond the limits of their military and daring beyond the judgment of their leaders While the Spartans choose to undertake challenges that they can easily win and not to trust even their supreme leader Athens is an unhesitating nation while Sparta in opposition likes to weigh every consequence Athens is fond of going from home to battle and expand while Sparta again is fond of just being there The two major Greek city states where extremely different Athens was very active in expanding their influence They attempted every challenge with their entire country backing and supporting that challenge Sparta on the other hand chose not to be
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