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Perspective


Pericles (495 – 429 BCE) was a Greek leader who emerged during the Golden Age of Athens. His was a powerful voice in Athenian politics, particularly when it was needed most during the war with Persia and the Peloponnesian War with Sparta. He was deemed by the historian Thucydides to be “the first citizen of Athens”. Pericles spearheaded the Delian League into an Athenian empire and led his countrymen through the first two years of the Peloponnesian War.

Pericles championed democracy to the point of being seen as a populist. He vigorously promoted the arts, and it is thanks to his efforts that Athens became the cultural and intellectual center of the ancient world. He restored the crumbling ruins of the Parthenon and its surrounding buildings atop the Acropolis, a project that beautified and protected the city and showcased its glory, while giving work to Athenians. Pericles fell victim to the Plague of Athens in 429 BC, which weakened Athens and led to its defeat during the long Peloponnesian War.

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