The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles

The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles

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Mid-fifth-century Athens saw the development of the Athenian empire, the radicalization of Athenian democracy through the empowerment of poorer citizens, the adornment of the city through a massive and expensive building program, the classical age of Athenian tragedy, the assembly of intellectuals offering novel approaches to philosophical and scientific issues, and the end of the Spartan-Athenian alliance against Persia and the beginning of open hostilities between the two greatest powers of ancient Greece. The Athenian statesman Pericles both fostered and supported many of these developments. Although it is no longer fashionable to view Periclean Athens as a social or cultural paradigm, study of the history, society, art, and literature of mid-fifth-century Athens remains central to any understanding of Greek history. This collection of essays reveal the political, religious, economic, social, artistic, literary, intellectual, and military infrastructure that made the Age of Pericles more

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Introduction: Athenian history and society in the Age of Pericles L. J. Samons; 1. Democracy and empire P. J. Rhodes; 2. Athenian religion in the Age of Pericles Deborah Boedeker; 3. The Athenian economy Lisa Kallet; 4. Warfare in Athenian society K. A. Raaflaub; 5. Other sorts: slave, foreign, and female identities in Periclean Athens Cynthia Patterson; 6. Art and architecture Kenneth Lapatin; 7. Drama and democracy Jeffrey Henderson; 8. The bureaucracy of democracy J. P. Sickinger; 9. Plato's sophists, intellectual history after 450, and Sokrates Robert W. Wallace; 10. Democratic theory and practice R. Sealey; 11. Athens and Sparta and the coming of the Peloponnesian War J. E. Lendon; Conclusion: Pericles and Athens L. J. more

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'The contributors have written extensively on the topics which they discuss in this Companion. They have managed to condense their own researches and other recent scholarship into very readable articles.' Arctosshow more

About Loren J. Samons

Loren J. Samons II is Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University where he received the Metcalf Award for excellence in teaching in 1998. He is the author of What's Wrong with Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship (2004), Empire of the Owl: Athenian Imperial Finance (2000), and, with Charles W. Fornara, Athens from Cleisthenes to Pericles. He has been a Visiting Senior Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and has contributed to many journals, including Classical Quarterly, Historia, Arion, and Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und more

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