Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Steven Pressfield
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Lysander and Alcibiades were sworn enemies, yet they respected each other's skills and leadership abilities and strategies. Why? What was Lysander's opinion of Alcibiades? What was Alcibiades' opinion of Lysander? Were the opinions and perceptions accurate? On what were the opinions and perceptions based? Explain. At the beginning of the war what were the military positions of Athens and Sparta? Who had the upper hand? Did the men ever confront each other directly while in battle? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Alcibiades left Athens under duress and fled to Sparta. Why did Alcibiades leave Athens? What prompted Alcibiades to go to Sparta? What kind of reception did Alcibiades receive upon his arrival? Did Alcibiades go directly to Lysander? What was Lysander's reaction to the news that Alcibiades had arrived? What was Alcibiades' purpose in going to Sparta? Was Alcibiades at all fearful of potential repercussions? Was Alcibiades ever...

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