The Mytilenian Debate (also spelled Mytilenean Debate), according to Thucydides, occurred in Athens during the time of the Peloponnesian War in 427 B.C. Thucydides documented many detailed events that occurred over the course of the Peloponnesian War. The Mytilenian Debate is in book three of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, and reflects the increasing political and ethical confusion in Athens. On the island of Lesbos, four city-states attempted to rebel against Athenian authority, and their ultimate defeat eventually lead to the Mytilenian Debate. The Mytilenian Debate took place after some Athenians began to call in to question their assembly’s original decision to execute and enslave the rebellious Mytilenians.
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