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The Impact Of Pericles In The City Of Athens

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Imagine a general of immense wealth, integrity, and great perverseness. This description fits a certain person well: Pericles. Pericles was a brave man, and he did things to the best of his abilities. He was born a wealthy child, and of course used this to his advantage. He honestly thought that he could have a big impact on the city of Athens and maybe even the entire world. He have thought this way because, “His father Xanthippus had himself been a military commander for Athens at the battle of Mycale in 479 B.C. Pericles name in Greek means 'Surrounded by Glory' and as is evident that was certainly to come true for Pericles was he became an influential statesman for Athens during The Peloponnesian War until his death in 429B.C.” (Rodney) From this, people assume that Pericles was a commander at heart and a fantastic man in general. Pericles was a great man because he was a risk-taker, a leader, and possessed extreme intelligence in battle. These are all incredible attributes to being an marvelous person and Pericles definitely fit all of them, making him a prodigious general to have in a city.
Being a risk-taker has always been a problem for most, and it was no different with Pericles. Pericles was very witty, and again used this to his advantage. His background drove his risk-taking and his will to succeed. In his early twenties, “he decided to take a risk and run for one of the statesmen positions”(Nardo 30). He ended
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up being very influential, which is probably why he was so popular. His popularity pushed him to the top where later he became the general that most people know him as today. But he did not become this big as quickly as people might think. In fact, it was quite the process that he went through to get to his position. One of his biggest rivals was Cimon. Cimon was, “the son of Miltiades, the Athenian general who had led the victory at Marathon. Cimon was also young, good-looking, and the darling of the old but influential aristocratic class,”(Nardo 30). One of the biggest risks he took while campaigning against him was trying to remove from it completely so that he had no competition. “But, he then realized, that would require opposing the nobles and backing the commoners,” (Nardo 30). This was a risk, of course, that Pericles was willing to take. Eventually, he didn’t end up killing or taking Cimon out of it, but he did stop him from getting any farther than he did. This caused Pericles to become a part-time general, which upset him because Cimon and the rest of the aristocrats were so successful. “But Pericles saw that men like Cimon, Themistocles, and his own father, had made names for themselves through distinguished military service. So, from about 472 B.C.Eto 466 B.C.E., he took part in a number of military expeditions,”(Nardo 41). These expeditions allowed Pericles to make a name for himself and he was elected stategos for the first time. All his political accomplishments were achieved by his...

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