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Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Pericles’ Funeral Oration

What follows is the public funeral oration that Pericles gave to the Athenians in the first year of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), as related by Thucydides, in his account of that systemic war. Pericles was a statesman and a general, and Athens was at the beginning of a war, which would end its democracy and its standing as supreme power in the Peloponnese. It is a speech that sought to praise the greatness of Athens, its citizens, and its…

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