Athenians

Compare and contrast the four articles in relation to the questions discussed below
1)Homer Iliad Ideal of Excellence(=H)
2)Herodotus ;A Master called Law(=L)
3)Thucydides ;The Melian Dialouge (=M)
4)Thucydides Pericles’ Funeral Speech(P)
Topic and Question: This assignment asks you to compare and contrast the above four texts in order to draw conclusions about the ideals of ancient Greek leadership and government. The main question is: How well did the Athenians live up to ideals of ancient Greek government, and especially of Athenian democracy as described by Pericles in his funeral speech?
In developing your answer, you should also consider such related questions as: What ideals does Pericles describe in his funeral speech? Which of these ideals are the most important, and which also appear in the other texts? How unique were the Athenians compared to other Greeks, such as the Spartans? Do the key ideals you identify work together? Do they conflict with each other? Were the earlier warrior values described by Homer still important for the Athenians three centuries later in Thucydides day? What did the ancient Greeks mean by such key terms as law freedom, and democracy, and to whom were they applied?
Essay Guidelines
Argument: Do you have a thesis statement? Check the last sentence or two of your introduction this is where your reader will look for a statement that summarizes your argument. The thesis should be arguable: neither a fact (Many people participate in democracy) nor purely a matter of opinion (Athens would be an interesting place to live). A thesis is a specific opinion that can be supported by careful argument and specific evidence.
Introduction: try not to begin your paper with an absurdly broad statement that has very little to do with the content of your argument (Since the beginning of time, humans have)
Supporting paragraphs: does each one develop a single point? A paragraph is a little version of the paper: it should begin with a statement that every following sentence explains or proves. The first sentence or two can provide a transition from the preceding paragraph, but the topic sentence should appear shortly thereafter. Each and every supporting paragraph should then focus on textual evidence.
Evidence: You must cite appropriate textual evidence for all your claims about the text. But only quote what you will discuss; DO NOT USE LONG BLOCK QUOTATIONS. It is usually better to paraphrase; quote only key words or lines whose precise terms are crucial to your argument. Also, remember to follow or introduce each piece of evidence with an explanation of how it contributes to your argument. Quotations cannot stand alone. Use plot summary sparingly: rather than describing extensive sections of the text, try to isolate the events or details that lend support to the point you are making.