Pericles

1087 WordsNov 15, 20135 Pages
Pericles Pericles was an ideal leader. Not only was he a prominent general, he was also known for being a legislator, speechmaker, and an armed chief. “’Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance, our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft.’” What this quotation is telling us explicitly is that Athenians are strong and they don’t succeed just because of love and beauty. Implicitly what Pericles means here is how he views the Athenian polis. The Athenians do not rely on the beauty of things to get them to the finish line; however what they do believe in will not bring them down or make them less resilient. Pericles influenced ancient Greece during the 5th Century B.C.E. He died during the Peloponnesian War…show more content…
I found the honor and equality between the Athens quite interesting while reading this speech. When opening his speech Pericles shares insights on how his men are already glorified for participating in war. However, he believes that praise is necessary to a certain extent to where it is unnecessary. What Pericles was getting at here was how very easy it is to go overboard when praising the dead. Pericles stresses the point about how a person can be glorified up till the point of death, and at that point to believe that he/she can still do oneself like they have on Earth is merely impossible. “Our constitution is called a democracy because power is in the hands of the minority…And, just as our political life is free and open so is our day to day life in our relations with each other.” This is another point that Pericles stresses in his speech that I found stimulating. What I think Pericles is trying to say implicitly is that in this life everyone is equal and everyone has volition. He’s saying that everyone before the law is equal regardless of whether you are a minority and that the actual ability of a man is very powerful. He believes in isonomy which can lead to bringing out our civic Arête. Something that I had found quite interesting throughout this entire allegory was when Pericles mentioned that when in the moment of remembering a loved one
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