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Glory and Sacrifice in the name of Greece The Funeral Oration of Pericles is an excerpt from Thrcydides The Peloponnesian War Who Pericles was a great Greek speaker and renown leader of Athenian democracy during the middle part of the fifth century BCE From this speech we find out how much he believed in Athenian democracy because he makes no ill references to it Instead he keeps stating that Athenian democracy is a model for others to follow and that the Peloponnesian War of 430 BCE is a sacrifice in order to keep their way of life and Athenian democracy What As a central figure in Athenian democracy during the Peloponnesian War it was part of Pericles job to keep moral high enough so that no one would question why the war was fought and what for It was his job to tell them why this war was being fought and what for This funeral oration was an attempt by Pericles to console the wives and parents who had lost loved ones in the Peloponnesian War and to justify their loss with feelings nationalism How Pericles delivered his speech by starting with an outline of what he was going to present praising the Greek democratic system and then finish off with why it is worth all the lives that were lost He keeps referring to how their way of life is affected and subsequently benefited by the way their political system is run So in my opinion he manipulated the peoples unstable condition to glorify Greece and its political system and also to gain support for the Peloponnesian War and the Greek political system of democracy Why During a war people will always question the government and their ways when lives are lost People that question this loss the most are the ones who have lost loved ones in war In order to keep moral high Pericles used nationalism to sway doubters of the
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