The Golden Age Of Athens

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Introduction The Golden Age of Athens lasted from 480 to 404 B.C. during which time the small city-state of Athens transformed into an empire, was an epicenter of art, architecture, music, theater, philosophy and the birthplace of a new revolutionary form of government, the democracy (Barrett, n.d.). In my learning journal entry for this week I will discuss one circumstance that led to the end of the Athenian Golden Age, the plague of Athens which killed 75,000 and resulted in the death of their visionary leader Pericles (Littman, 2009). Evidence When one writes about the Golden Age of Athens it is foolish to do so without mentioning one of it’s chief architects, the statesman Pericles (Mark, 2009). Pericles rose to political power in Athens around the year 461 B.C. when he succeeded the assassinated Ephialtes as the leader of the party (Lewis, 2014). Subsequently, Pericles became instrumental in converting the Delian League, a strategic organization of Greek-City states whose purpose was to defend Greece from all threats specifically the Persian Empire, into a mighty Athenian Empire which extended across the Aegean (Lendering, 2015; Mark, 2009). Furthermore, Pericles oversaw and supported the grow of the arts, philosophy, literature as well as applying the funds acquired via tribute paid by the other members of the Delian League to build beautiful monuments and temples (Lewis, 2014). With Pericles strong leadership and guiding hand democracy flourished in Athens and she

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