Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War Topics for Discussion

Steven Pressfield
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Alcibiades is a brilliant general and politician who is brought down by his flaws. What are these flaws and how do they contribute to his downfall?

The novel seems to portray and implicit criticism of democracy and how the mood of the populace often leads the state to bad decisions, yet no alternative form of government is offered as being preferential. Is the portrayal of democracy a fair one? What other forms of government could have led to a different outcome in the war?

The book presents two men. One, Alcibiades, controls events and the other, Polemides, is controlled by them. Which character lives the better life? Which character meets the better end? Which is the better path to take?

Multiple factors contribute to Athens' defeat. Discuss these factors. Which were the main ones that led to their defeat and how could they have been avoided?

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