In the History , Thucydides shows that power, if it is unrestrained by moderation and a sense of justice, brings about the uncontrolled desire for more power. There are no logical limits to the size of an empire. Drunk with the prospect of glory and gain, after conquering Melos, the Athenians engage in a war against Sicily. They pay no attention to the Melian argument that considerations of justice are useful to all in the longer run (). And, as the Athenians overestimate their strength and in the end lose the war, their self-interested logic proves to be very shortsighted indeed.
I tend to mix the scripts around a bit from year to year for this task. Unfortunately, when I do seek out a suitable script, I’m searching for female roles as I teach all-girls. The best type of script for this topic is one with little or no stage directions. I then get the students to add stage directions themselves. Student-written scripts would work well, also. Set the boys up with a topic or theme familiar to them, get them to write a five-minute play script about it, then they add realistic stage directions at a later stage to match the written student-written script, then rehearse with their own directions, refine, and perform. Simple is best. – Justin