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Pericles, Greece's greatest statesman and the leader of its Golden Age, created the Parthenon and championed democracy in Athens and beyond. Centuries of praise have endowed him with the powers of a demigod, but what did his friends, associates, and fellow citizens think of him? In "Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader, "Stephen V. Tracy visits the fifth century B.C. to find out. Tracy compiles and translates the scattered, elusive primary sources relating to Pericles. He brings Athens's political atmosphere to life with archaeological evidence and the accounts of those close to Pericles, including Thucydides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Protagoras, Sophocles, Lysias, Xenophon, Plato, and Plutarch. Readers will discover Pericles as a formidable politician, a persuasive and inspiring orator, and a man full of human contradictions.
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Table of Contents

List of Passages Translated xi List of Illustrations xv Abbreviations and Primary Sources xvii Preface xxi Introduction A Brief History of Athens in the Fifth Century 1 Chronology 8 The Life of Pericles 14 the primary sources Pericles' Writings 27 The Archaeological Evidence Inscriptions and Ostraca 32 Portrait Busts 35 The Building Program on the Acropolis 40 Thucydides' Portrait of Pericles I: Prelude to War 45 Thucydides' Portrait of Pericles II: The First Campaign and the Funeral Oration 61 Thucydides' Portrait of Pericles III: Plague, Last Speech, and Final Tribute 79 Aristophanes and Old Comedy: Caricature and Personal Attack 96 Herodotus 109 Protagoras 116 Sophocles' Oedipus: In the Image of Pericles Lysias, Xenophon, and Plato Plutarch and the Biographical Tradition Afterword: The Legend of Pericles Appendix: The Dryden Translation of Plutarch's Life of Pericles Recommended Reading Glossary Index

About the Author

Stephen V. Tracy is Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University and Professor and Director Emeritus at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He is the author of several books, including Athens and Macedon: Attic Letter-Cutters of 300 to 229 B.C. (UC Press); Athenian Democracy in Transition: Attic Letter-Cutters of 340 to 290 B.C. (UC Press); and The Story of the Odyssey.

Reviews

"Easily readable and thoroughly engaging." New England Classical Journal "Tracy has produced a useful short introduction to the sparse sources on Pericles and some of the modern interpretations of his career and personality. -- Susan Downie Mouseion

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