ATHENS BESIEGED: DEBATING SURRENDER
It’s 404 BCE, and the Peloponnesian War is at its end. Sparta and its allies have blocked Athens’ port, surrounded the city, and demanded an unconditional surrender. Food is scarce, famine and disease abundant. You are all citizens of Athens, men of the Assembly who run the government, the prime bastion of democracy in Greece. Some say a negotiated surrender is the only path for survival, yet others insist that any surrender spells the end of democracy worldwide. What will you do?
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad is Assistant Professor of Classical Languages at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on ancient Latin poetry, specifically the funny stuff: Roman comedy, satire, erotic elegy, and — if you believe him — the allegedly philosophical poet Lucretius.