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Pericles: A Biography in Context [Hardcover]

Item : Pericles: A Biography in Context [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Martin, Thomas R.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0521116457
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780521116459
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 256
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100102150

This is a provocative explanation of why Pericles insisted power was the only guarantee of Athens' survival and flourishing.For non-specialists seeking to understand why Pericles was so famous and controversial in his own time and now, this book explains the notorious family background and unconventional education that shaped him, while arguing that his hardline policies on national power were necessary and his personal life and career were tragic.For non-specialists seeking to understand why Pericles was so famous and controversial in his own time and now, this book explains the notorious family background and unconventional education that shaped him, while arguing that his hardline policies on national power were necessary and his personal life and career were tragic.Pericles was the most famous leader of the most famous ancient Greek democracy - and also the most controversial in his own time and ever since. Was he a brutal imperialist ready to oppress other Greeks, or a clear-eyed defender of Athens' need for power to survive in a relentlessly hostile world? How did his intellectual training in ideas that many Athenians regarded as dangerous make him the most persuasive leader Athenian democracy ever knew? Why was his personal lifestyle so idiosyncratic? How should we evaluate his responsibility for the suffering and loss of the Peloponnesian War? Thomas R. Martin's unique emphasis on the effect on Pericles of his family's notorious history, his youthful experiences as a wartime refugee, and his unusual education reveals a brilliant politician whose hyper-rationality could not, in the end, protect him or his community from tragedy.Introduction: a biography of Pericles in the context of the ancient sources; 1. The notorious family history of Pericles' mother; 2. The harsh lessons of the career of Pericles' father; 3. Pericles becomes a teenager during a family crisis and national emergency; 4. Pericles becomes a refugee during Athens' greatest peril; 5. Pericles l)

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