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Pericles uses his opportunity to talk about the successes of their nation brought about by the good will and democracy among the citizens and the government (Terney, 2012). He congratulates their ancestors for establishing that culture in their days which has remained to the present (Terney, 2012). He does not leave out their fathers’ generation as he says they have worked without tire to add to the inheritance their ancestors gave them (Terney, 2012). He finally commends the present generation for working with the country’s own possession making her stable and independent. This has come about as utilizing the resources of the country to provide for everything especially tings needed during war and restoring peace afterwards (Terney, 2012).
He continues to praise their government and constitution for the great laws it has. He describes themselves as a pattern to others rather than imitators of others nation’s laws. He defines democracy as a law governing the many and not the few according to Tierney (2012). He says that democracy is what has made them reach the position they are in now. Athenians have Great Spirit and respect to the authority (Terney, 2012). He says that no condition can obscure a man to become a leader in Athens; all he has to have I the gift of leadership and the will to serve the state. Athenians are not jealous of their neighbors’ actions and this is what makes them respect each other. In fact it eases their private relations that also have a hand in obeying laws and magistrates (Terney, 2012).
Pericles also talks about the different types of pleasure that they indulge. They celebrate games and sacrifices annually to refresh their minds from all the activities going on (Terney, 2012). These activities include working to ensure that the produce coming from the rest of the world becomes a harbor to them and their fruits become a luxury to the
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Historians called him a populist and his reign was known as the “Age of Pericles”. He is most remembered for promoting arts and literature in Athens, which was why Athens was known as the educational center of Greece (Smith 2010). Thucydides, on the other hand, was a Greek Historian from Alimos who recounted the 5th century B.C.
In the accounts of Thucydides, an Athenian historian who took note of Pericles’ speech, the latter was among the men chosen by the state of approved wisdom and eminent reputation1, thus chosen to give the eulogy during one of the most highly regarded times of Athens in recognition of the sacrifices of her heroes.
There were in existence two major forms of governance in the ancient Greece in form of democracy practiced in Athens and Oligarchy in Sparta. Military capabilities became the main focus at the time for the Spartans while on the other hand the Athenians concentrated more on gaining comfort and cultural practices (Thucydides 202-209).
With this, it will study the account of Thucydides as participant and recorder of the Peloponnesian War. It will then compare the Peloponnesian narrative with the epic events of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. Lastly, it will show the parallels of the developments in the Peloponnesian War with the Lysistrata and its author’s arguments of the female intervention in warfare with concern to the Iliad’s claim of man’s monopoly in war.
Although it may seem as a strange construct for individuals to grasp today, during the times of ancient Athens, statesmen were required to be well-versed in all topics of knowledge. In this way, although Pericles was a general in charge of many thousands of Athens’ finest fighting men, he was also a skilled orator, an expert in philosophy, mathematics, the arts, drama, and culture.
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, Athens chose their general Pericles to deliver this eulogy for their departed Athenian soldiers who sacrificed themselves at an opening battle of the Peloponnesian War (Brians par.1). His speech reflected dispute on the tradition of praising the dead so instead he praised
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Both talk about Athenian democracy and its pros and cons. While Pericles Funeral Oration is an elogé to martyrdom and democracy, the Old Oligarch (Pseudo-Xenophon) takes a rather pessimistic view of democracy.
In the Funeral