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“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” Thucydides

Thucydides mentions Athenian General Alcibiades (Socrates’s greatest student) was tried and convicted in absentia by the Athenian assembly for mutilating the hermae .

He would have been executed for it if he returned to Athens.

As an aside The hermae were silly religious statues placed in front of houses, street crossings and boundaries. (They may be the first depiction of gloryhole use.)

The main point is: Four centuries before the Book of Acts mentions the Roman right to be confronted by witnesses. (Acts 25:16 "It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man up to die before the accused has met his accusers face-to-face, and has been given a chance to defend himself against the charges.)

And 2000 years before The Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Alcibiades acted on his owns common sense and showed the Greek world Democracy must have its limits.

At a most crucial time when Athens was at war with Sparta (In 415 B.C. Sparta was the head of the Peloponnesian League).

Alcibiades went over to the Spartan side and Athens plans to Attack Sicily were squashed..

See Athens attacking Sicily was a brilliant idea.

Attacking Scilly would have cut off Sparta and the Peloponnesian League from its supplies and riches. (The only way for Athens could win the war.)

Because of Alcibiades actions Athens eventually fell.

On March 22 2012 Lord M will discuss his play on Alcibiades.

Alcibiades and Socrates