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Required EssayAs LJ Samons said there are few individuals in history whose namedefines an era In Ancient Greece that individual was Pericles Hisname has become interchangeable with 5th century Athens Known for thispolitical leadership social interactions and participation in thearts his name story and actions are woven forever into historyPericles was lucky enough to be born into an aristocratic family Hisfather Xanthippus held prestigious political jobs such as statesmanand general Born in 495 BCE Pericles grew up during the Persian Wars A politically active father and a childhood surrounded by war heprimed with strategic knowledge Warfare in Ancient Greece was not aprofession or an isolated enterprise but a common way of life Pericles grew up to assume the same positions as his dad statesman andgeneral along with time spent in law courts and the Ecclesia Electedfifteen times to the title of general he was constantly in a place ofaccountability and leadershipOne thing that made Pericles such a prominent political leader was hisexcellent speech making He knew how to get the attention of a crowdand hold it Perhaps his most famous speech his Funeral Orationwas given during a public memorial for all that had been killed in thefirst year of the Peloponnesian War Although his speech was more aboutthe city and life of Athens and less about the deceased soldiers hecaptured the attention of all who were there He told people to believein their city and that other places and governments should be looking tothem Unlike the demagogues who followed his reign Pericles meant whathe said He believed in and fought for Athens and all his people in itNot only did he believe in his city he actively supported it Beingborn into an aristocratic family does have its advantages From hisyouth he was a strong patron of Greek drama and the arts At only 23he was the coregus or financer
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