What are Pericles?

  • (noun): Athenian statesman whose leadership contributed to Athen's political and cultural supremacy in Greece; he ordered the construction of the Parthenon (died in 429 BC).


Pericles (Greek: Περικλῆς, Periklēs, "surrounded by glory"; c. 495 – 429 BC) was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens during the city's Golden Age—specifically, the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. He was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically influential Alcmaeonid family.

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Pericles - Assessments - Legacy
... Pericles' most visible legacy can be found in the literary and artistic works of the Golden Age, most of which survive to this day ... Ehrenberg argues that a basic element of Pericles' legacy is Athenian imperialism, which denies true democracy and freedom to the people of all but the ruling state ... Pericles and his "expansionary" policies have been at the center of arguments promoting democracy in oppressed countries ...
Thucydides, Son Of Melesias - Life and Political Career
... and decided to exert a vehement opposition against Pericles, who was leading Athens at the time ... that this tactic helped Thucydides mount a concerted opposition to Pericles which brought to light ideological differences among Pericles' supporters ... the new leader of the conservatives, accused Pericles, the leader of the democrats, of profligacy, criticizing the way Pericles spent the money for his ambitious building plan ...
Pericles The Younger - Ancestry
... Ancestors of Pericles the Younger 8 ... Ariphron 4 ...
Classical Athens - History - Athenian Hegemony (448–430 BC)
... Pericles—an Athenian general, politician and orator—distinguished himself above the other personalities of the era, men who excelled in politics ... of Ephialtes as leader of the democratic faction, Pericles was his deputy ... When Ephialtes was assassinated by personal enemies, Pericles stepped in and was elected general, or strategos, in 445 BC a post he held continuously until his death in 429 BC, always by ...
Stesimbrotos Of Thasos
... was a sophist, a rhapsode and logographer, a writer on history, and an opponent of Pericles and reputed author of a political pamphlet On Themistocles, Thucydides, and Pericles ... Plutarch used writings by Stesimbrotos in his Life of Pericles, asserting that the coolness between Pericles and his son Xanthippos was due to Pericles ...

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    In history the great moment is, when the savage is just ceasing to be a savage, with all his hairy Pelasgic strength directed on his opening sense of beauty;—and you have Pericles and Phidias,—and not yet passed over into the Corinthian civility. Everything good in nature and in the world is in that moment of transition, when the swarthy juices still flow plentifully from nature, but their astrigency or acridity is got out by ethics and humanity.
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