- c495–429 b.c., Athenian statesman.
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“I think there is a real difference, as Pericles and Machiavelli said, between leading and being led,” she said.Freshman Terror
August 3, 2009
The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.
No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.
Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.
"When we are in Athens, I will show you something more beautiful than these," said Pericles.
"Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.
- ?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
Word Origin and History for pericles
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.