Stephen V. Tracy

in Pericles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256033
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943629 | DOI:

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Except for Plutarch, the authors discussed in this book all lived at the same time as Pericles, or within a generation of his death. Many were his coevals and in a position either to have been personally acquainted with him or to have known people who were. Some, such as Anaxagoras, Protagoras, and Sophocles, were probably his good friends. The historian Thucydides also doubtless knew him personally and saw him on the street and in the assembly, but, inasmuch as he was at least thirty years younger than Pericles, it is doubtful that Pericles had any close association with him. Herodotus might have composed much of his work prior to Pericles' death and might have expected that Pericles would be aware of what he wrote. Within a century of his death, Pericles has become the exemplar of the greatness of Athens in its heyday and remains so to the present day. The golden age of Athens is referred to as “Periclean Athens” or “Athens in the age of Pericles.”

Keywords: Pericles; Athens; Plutarch; Anaxagoras; Protagoras; Sophocles; Thucydides; Herodotus

Chapter.  1830 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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