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What happens when war comes In Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War war brings along with many negative elements for a society These negative effects are seen very clearly in Athens during the Plague and in Corcyra during the civil war Lawlessness dissipation of religion and acts of treason are among these effects that are seen by Thucydides in his accounts He tries to inform his reader on the horrifying effects that a war has on a society and does so clearly using Athens and Corcyra in their times of desperation As the great power of Athens was subjected to the plague Athenians inside as well as outside the walls surrounding the city began to lose hope Although perhaps they were content about this at first for the day the plague broke out the Spartans retreated under the command of King Archidamus But this notion of content is quickly dismissed as the severity of the plague increases rapidly Thucydides uses the plague as a metaphor for war it shows up usually out of no where and worsens with time While the plague lowered the enthusiasm the Athenians had built up during Pericles funeral oration the war brings down people in the form of their lives Thucydides uses the plague as a perfect example because its effects are so similar to that of a war and because while the plague is taking place Athens is at war with Sparta People change completely their attitudes and their faith Long-term thinking is abolished and short-term thinking is brought about No longer are the Athenians worried about their future and how they will and can prosper later on in life they are only concerned with this very moment What can they do now that will help them now Just as in war the citizens of Athens need to find someone to blame all these atrocious events on and who better than Pericles After all he was the
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