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Thomas P. Stossel

Drugs and demagogues

By Thomas P. Stossel
April 17, 2007

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IN 427 BC, the Athenians recaptured the town of Mytilene from the Spartans. The historian Thucydides described the intense debate that followed over the fate of Mytilene's citizens, who had collaborated with the enemy. Cleon, whom Thucydides characterized as a violent demagogue, argued for killing them all; Diodotus, who did business with the Mytilenians, recommended mercy. (Full article: 787 words)

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