If you recall, we have a few speeches remaining from yesterday. We will finish with Machiavelli; his work will serve as a nice lead-in to today’s work.
We will begin with a short lecture about Darius the Great, the second truly important ruler of the Achaemenid dynasty (the first was Cyrus). The lecture will involve magic, unusual deaths, back-stabbing, cats, and missing ears. I guarantee you won’t forget this one.
To provide some context, here are the key terms we will use in today’s lecture:
- Darius the Great
- the Great Lie
Following this, we will attempt an experiment. You will play the role of an important leader at a pivotal moment of human history. Your first goal is to deliver a speech that will motivate your people to follow you. Will you:
- unify the people? (think of Obama’s inauguration speech)
- motivate the people (think of Churchill of Roosevelt)
- deceive the people (think of Hitler or Darius. Please note that despite this initial similarity, these leaders were fundamentally different. As you will see tomorrow, Darius was a highly capable leader in the tradition of Cyrus).