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Pericles

[per-i-kleez] /ˈpɛr ɪˌkliz/
noun
1.
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.

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  • You, Philothea, came reluctantly—and because Pericles would have it so.

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

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  • Pericles seated himself near them, with deep sadness on his brow.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.

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  • Then Pericles arose, and looked around him with calm dignity.

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  • At midnight, Pericles came, to accompany Anaxagoras to Salamis.

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  • Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.

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

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  • Pericles went to seek his son, and found him reclining on the couch where he had left him.

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British Dictionary definitions for Pericles

Pericles

/ˈpɛrɪˌkliːz/
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

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.

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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. 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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