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Perikles and his Circle - Anthony J. Podlecki

Perikles and his Circle

Hardcover Published: 25th December 1997
ISBN: 9780415067942
Number Of Pages: 248

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Perikles, the creator of the reputation of Classical Athens was an enigmatic figure. This book traces Perikles' development from a somewhat hesitant, though left-leaning politician, to a mature statesman fully committed to expanding Athens' maritime empire and using the material benefits of that empire to improve the ordinary lives of Athenian citizens.
Podlecki examines Perikles' actions and interactions with a large and varied circle of friends, acquaintances, and political adversaries and shows how his circle of friends advised and influenced his development as a leader. Perikles, the 'first citizen', as Thucydides termed him, was a man characterised by a subtle versatility and tenacity of purpose. Of paramount importance was that Athenians be made to appreciate their superiority, and also develop a willingness to assert it, even if that meant war with the Spartans and their allies. Podlecki examines the wealth of sources and documentation on Perikles to provide a lucid account of the achievements of the man, which is both comprehensive and eminently readable.

Industry Reviews

"Every Greek historian will need to consult this book, shelving it next to Philip Stadter's Commentary on Plutarch's Perikles (1989)." Stewart Flory, American Historical Review

Introduction and Acknowledgements
Chronological Table. Map
Family Background: Xanthippos and Agariste
Entry into Public Life: Aischylos (and Themistokles)
Early Influences: Damon and Anaxagoras
A Personal Rivalry: Kimon
A Political Alliance: Ephialtes
The Other Generals: Leokrates, Myronides and Tolmides
After the Peace
Pheidias and Aspasia
War with Samos
Thucydides; War with Sparta; Final Years
Perikles' Citizenship Law
Perikles' Colleagues in the Generalship
Athens' Finances
Perickles and the Comic Poets
A Portrait of Perikles? Abbreviations and short titles
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ISBN: 9780415067942
ISBN-10: 0415067944
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 25th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.46  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1