Flaws in Athenian Arguments from the Melian Dialouge


If I was able to time travel to Athens in the year 416 BC to comment and attempt to persuade my fellow Athenians in the popular assembly on the grounds of overthrowing Melos, I would try to convince them that the Athenian arguments explaining their right to establish dominance over the Melians are flawed. After knowing what was spoken between both parties in the Melian Dialogue, it is clear that it is not right for the Athenians to try and force Melos into submission.