The depictions of Athens

Consider the depictions of Athens in the assigned selections from Plutarch’s Life of Solon and from Thucydides’ History. What are the Athenians shown to value in each text? Are there any internal contradictions within the texts? In what respects are these portrayals of Athens similar, and in what respects do they differ? How might the development of Athens in the time between Solon and Thucydides account for the differences?

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