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It is imperative for any public speaker to be positive and praising of the land and the populace that heshe represents and presides over This then is also the case with Pericles in his funeral oration Obviously there are great aspects about Athens and Athenians or history would have forgotten them and we would not still study them and their ways of life However it is my opinion that Athenian society was not exactly as Pericles made it out to be in his funeral oration The purpose of this paper is to cite the good and bad aspects of the speech and what are and are not exemplary aspects of Athens and Athenians Pericles had several good points in his address One of the best came at the very beginning of his discourse about the greatness of Athens and Athenians He said that mens deeds should speak for themselves and not be valued depending on who speaks of them The idea behind this statement is that if a poor boring or long-winded speaker were to relate the tales of their bravery it may take away from the actual deeds The medium would lessen the message so to speak Another good section of the speech is how the forefathers built the city the fathers made it rich and powerful and now the present populace is improving Athens still In section 44 Pericles expresses that those who are thinking about having children soon will be able to forget about their lost loved ones and that Athens will benefit from the increased population This proclamation reveals a lot about how Pericles and probably most public figures felt about the people versus the polis This announcement shows that the polis is of primary concern and that the people in the polis are not as important individually Another comment by Pericles was about women being a weaker sex He says in section 45 that if a woman
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