Between equals in power

English translation: between those who are equally strong/have equal powers

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09:17 Dec 28, 2016
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Government / Politics / Economics
English term or phrase: Between equals in power
Please help me explain the meaning of the phrase in the following context:
"As the ancient Greek historian Thucydides famously said, “right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must"
Hoang Yen
Vietnam
Local time: 00:06
English translation:between those who are equally strong/have equal powers
Explanation:
between those who are equally strong/have equal powers

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Note added at 11 mins (2016-12-28 09:28:45 GMT)
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or power, rather

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Note added at 42 mins (2016-12-28 10:00:26 GMT)
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another translation of the same bit:
...[that] the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel and that in fact the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept
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danya
Local time: 20:06
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4 +6between those who are equally strong/have equal powers
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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
between equals in power
between those who are equally strong/have equal powers


Explanation:
between those who are equally strong/have equal powers

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Note added at 11 mins (2016-12-28 09:28:45 GMT)
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or power, rather

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Note added at 42 mins (2016-12-28 10:00:26 GMT)
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another translation of the same bit:
...[that] the standard of justice depends on the equality of power to compel and that in fact the strong do what they have the power to do and the weak accept what they have to accept

danya
Local time: 20:06
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
PRO pts in category: 4
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Charles Davis: Equal power, not equal powers (which is different)
37 mins
  -> thank you. it's certainly power here

agree  Andre Hintermann: yes, the noun ¨power¨ has to be used in the singular
47 mins
  -> thank you

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: and with Charles
1 hr
  -> thank you. me too (I corrected myself before Charles did! :)

agree  AllegroTrans: equal power/strength
3 hrs
  -> thank you

agree  acetran
2 days 1 hr
  -> thank you

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
3 days 6 hrs
  -> thank you
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