Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy Kagan faithful to his lifelong fascination with Pericles gives us an accessible and invaluable account of his life and deeds Allan Bloom author of The Closing of the American Mind

  • Title: Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy
  • Author: Donald Kagan
  • ISBN: 9780684863955
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kagan, faithful to his lifelong fascination with Pericles gives us an accessible and invaluable account of his life and deeds Allan Bloom, author of The Closing of the American Mind.

    Pericles Pericles HISTORY Watch videoThe so called golden age of Athenian culture flourished under the leadership of Pericles B.C , a brilliant general, orator, patron of the arts and Pericles Ancient History Encyclopedia Pericles l BCE was a prominent Greek statesman, orator, and general during the Golden Age of Athens The period Pericles Athenian statesman Britannica Pericles Pericles, Athenian statesman largely responsible for the full development, in the later th century bce, of both the Athenian democracy and the Athenian Pericles Leader of Athens Biography ThoughtCo Pericles was the leader of Athens at the time of the building of the Parthenon and at the beginning of the devastating threates of Peloponnesian War. The Age of Pericles and Periclean Athens ThoughtCo The Age of Pericles falls within the Classical Age of Greece Pericles was the foremost leader of Athens Greece. Pericles The Leader of Athens Learning History Pericles was born c B.C in Athens, Greece After inheriting money as a teen, he became a great patron of the arts In , he assumed rule of Athens

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    1. Because of a dearth of primary source materials author Kagan must progress here by way of thematic chapters: "The Statesman," "The Visionary," "The Peacemaker," and so on. We see the people, the buildings, the wars, the navy, the art, the pantheism, the slaves, the empire, the rebellions, the legal system, etc but there's very little about the man himself, which I suppose is not surprising 2,400 years later. This was fine with me as I tend to dislike the traditional cradle-to-grave biographical [...]

    2. Pericles (495 – 429 BCE) didn't invent democracy - that was Cleisthenes - but he was its biggest hero, or its biggest goat, leading Athens through its golden age and also setting in motion the Peloponnesian War that Athens totally lost (404 BCE). Which was really more of a minor setback; I always thought Sparta ended Athenian democracy, but actually Sparta's occupation was relatively brief . It was Alexander the Great who put an end to it almost a century later (338 BCE).But still: Athens unde [...]

    3. It is little wonder that Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was inspired by Pericles' "Funeral Oration." (Incidentally, The argument for this is brilliantly laid forth by Garry Wills in LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG, which I can't recommend enough.) Both Lincoln and Pericles, separated by 2,300 years, faced seemingly insurmountable odds during massive conflicts that threatened to rip their nations apart. Both men were tasked with persuading a fickle democratic people to sustain this war effort in the face of [...]

    4. Professor Kagan's history-lite books are great reads for those interested in Greek studies and not willing to assault the translated Classical works or incapable of reading Ancient Greek. "Pericles of Athens" is less a work of historical analysis than popular biography but it is also a synthesis of Kagan's thoughts on one of the first Great Men of history. While Great Man history has declined within the profession its appeal to the amateur is still very, very strong. Kagan attempts to take us in [...]

    5. Donald Kagan presents a brilliant perspective on Athenian politics in Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy. Rather than deliver a straight forward biography of a great man of history, Kagan dissects his life into key phases and forms chapters based on a unique chronological theme-based narrative rather than event driven topics. The result is a wonderful blend of political treatise, history, and biography.This work tells more about the development of democracy and Athens than its princip [...]

    6. For Pericles knew that any successful society must be an educational institution. However great its commitment to individual freedom and diversity, it needs a code of civic virtue and a general devotion to the common enterprise without which it cannot flourish or survive.Pericles is one of my heroes of history; perhaps it’s fair to say I idolize him. If the Peloponnesian War was a Greek tragedy, Pericles was its tragic hero, and I only regret that there isn’t more information on the man. Our [...]

    7. This book is very interesting, especially for those who are interested in politics, history, the Hellenic period or Homer. I looked a while for a good book on Pericles; this seems to be the best one out there.

    8. Well written and very interesting. Liked how he made analogies to 20th Century strategies. This is pure history but reads closer to a novel than a history book. Highly recommend this gentle read.

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