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Perikles, the creator of the reputation of Classical Athens was an enigmatic figure. This book traces Perikles' development from a somewhat hesitant, though left-leaning politician, to a mature statesman fully committed to expanding Athens' maritime empire and using the material benefits of that empire to improve the ordinary lives of Athenian citizens.
Podlecki examines Perikles' actions and interactions with a large and varied circle of friends, acquaintances, and political ...
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Perikles and his Circle

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Overview

Perikles, the creator of the reputation of Classical Athens was an enigmatic figure. This book traces Perikles' development from a somewhat hesitant, though left-leaning politician, to a mature statesman fully committed to expanding Athens' maritime empire and using the material benefits of that empire to improve the ordinary lives of Athenian citizens.
Podlecki examines Perikles' actions and interactions with a large and varied circle of friends, acquaintances, and political adversaries and shows how his circle of friends advised and influenced his development as a leader. Perikles, the 'first citizen', as Thucydides termed him, was a man characterised by a subtle versatility and tenacity of purpose. Of paramount importance was that Athenians be made to appreciate their superiority, and also develop a willingness to assert it, even if that meant war with the Spartans and their allies. Podlecki examines the wealth of sources and documentation on Perikles to provide a lucid account of the achievements of the man, which is both comprehensive and eminently readable.
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Traces the development of Perikles of classical Athens from a somewhat hesitant, left-leaning politician to a mature statesman fully committed to expanding Athens' maritime empire and using the material benefits of that empire to improve the lives of ordinary Athenian citizens. Examines his interactions with his friends, acquaintances, and political adversaries and shows how they influenced his development as a leader. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Every Greek historian will need to consult this book, shelving it next to Philip Stadter's Commentary on Plutarch's Perikles (1989)." Stewart Flory, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136707841
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Podlecki was educated at Holy Cross College, Oxford University and the University of Toronto. He taught at Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University before joining the staff of the University of British Columbia in 1975. He has translated various Greek tragedies and has written several books on Athenian history.
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Table of Contents

Introduction and acknowledgements
Chronological table
Abbreviations and short titles
Map of the Aegean World
1 Family Background: Xanthippos and Agariste 1
2 Entry Into Public Life: Aischylos (And Themistokles) 11
3 Early Influences: Damon and Anaxagoras 17
4 A Personal Rivalry: Kimon 35
5 A Political Alliance: Ephialtes 46
6 The Other Generals: Leokrates, Myronides and Tolmides 55
7 After the Peace 77
8 Pheidias and Aspasia 101
9 War With Samos 118
10 Thoukydides; War With Sparta; Final Years 132
App. A Perikles' Citizenship Law 159
App. B Perikles' Colleagues in the Generalship 162
App. C Athens' Finances 165
App. D Perikles and the Comic Poets 169
App. E A Portrait of Perikles? 177
Notes 179
Bibliography 216
Indexes 235
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