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As LJ Samons said there are few individuals in history whose namedefines an era In Ancient Greece that individual was Pericles His namehas become interchangeable with 5th century Athens Known for thispolitical leadership social interactions and participation in the artshis name story and actions are woven forever into history Pericles was lucky enough to be born into an aristocratic familyHis father Xanthippus held prestigious political jobs such as statesmanand general Born in 495 BCE Pericles grew up during the Persian Wars Apolitically active father and a childhood surrounded by war he primed withstrategic knowledge Warfare in Ancient Greece was not a profession or anisolated enterprise but a common way of life1 Pericles grew up toassume the same positions as his dad statesman and general along withtime spent in law courts and the Ecclesia Elected fifteen times to thetitle of general he was constantly in a place of accountability andleadership One thing that made Pericles such a prominent political leader washis excellent speech making He knew how to get the attention of a crowdand hold it Perhaps his most famous speech his Funeral Oration wasgiven during a public memorial for all that had been killed in the firstyear of the Peloponnesian War2 Although his speech was more about thecity and life of Athens and less about the deceased soldiers he capturedthe attention of all who were there He told people to believe in theircity and that other places and governments should be looking to themUnlike the demagogues who followed his reign Pericles meant what he saidHe believed in and fought for Athens and all his people in it Not only did he believe in his city he actively supported it Beingborn into an aristocratic family does have its advantages From his
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