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Pericles

[per-i-kleez]
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noun
  1. c495–429 b.c., Athenian statesman.
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  • The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.

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  • No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.

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  • Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.

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  • "When we are in Athens, I will show you something more beautiful than these," said Pericles.

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  • "Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.

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British Dictionary definitions for pericles

Pericles

noun
  1. ?495–429 bc, Athenian statesman and leader of the popular party, who contributed greatly to Athens' political and cultural supremacy in Greece. In power from about 460 bc, he was responsible for the construction of the Parthenon. He conducted the Peloponnesian War (431–404 bc) successfully until his death
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Word Origin and History for pericles

Pericles

Athenian statesman (c.495-429 B.C.E.), from Greek Perikles, literally "far-famed," from peri "all around" (see peri-) + -kles "fame" (see Damocles). His leadership of Athens marks its intellectual and material zenith. Related: Periclean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pericles in Culture

Pericles

[(per-uh-kleez)]

A statesman of ancient Greece, who tried to unite the country under the leadership of his own city, Athens (see also Athens). Pericles also promoted democracy within Athens. His rule is sometimes known as the Golden Age of Greece. Many magnificent buildings, including the Parthenon, were built under his administration. He led the Athenians at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War but died soon afterward.

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