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age of pericles

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after the second defeat the Persians all that grease rejoiced
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together they had overcome the mightiest Empire the world had ever seen
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fired up with Panhellenic pride the Athenian spearheaded an alliance
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to take vengeance on the Persians this alliance was called
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the Delian League islands and city states across the Aegean
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built ships armed crews and send lavish donations to the league's Treasury on
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the island have de los
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always afraid of a slave revolt at home Sparta declined to participate
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driving the Persians offers one thing picking a fight with them was quite
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another
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get the Spartans need not have feared the superior try reams of the Greeks
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allowed them to attack with impunity they sunk persian ships
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and rated persian towns worse yet at least in the eyes of the Persians
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the Greek staged revolutions in the cities they conquered
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killing of rich aristocrats and establishing democracies
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person soldiers would arrive to reinforce the town
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only to find the gates barred to them while the Greeks had sailed onto attack
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somewhere else
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the Delian League grew rich office plunder working together they would
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teach the Persians and never to mess with Greece again
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yet this giddy pan helen is and did not last for ever
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as the year stretched on the members are the Delian League began to wonder if
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Persia had not been punished enough
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the constant warfare was exhausting
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people wanted to return to their normal lives
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but Athens would have known it as the head of the Delian League
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Athens had become incredibly rich and powerful establishing colonies in
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garrisons across the a GN in Asia Minor
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moreover the war was just the thing the young democracy needed to cement itself
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as we've seen usually political power came with military usefulness
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with the offensive in Persia suddenly all those poor citizens could make an
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important contribution to the war effort
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they could bro try reams and in a month rowing they could earn more than a year
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of army
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the other members a bully grille less gung-ho about the whole arrangement
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if they also did not want the angry persians to be able to come back and
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take revenge
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so instead of providing ships and crews
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they started just providing gold food or raw materials
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and letting the Athenians take care of building and running the nadie
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and just like that the states who had just fought for their freedom from
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Persia
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were now paying tribute to the Athenian Empire
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this fact was not lost on the opinions least a fallen a leading statesmen at
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the time
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named para clase pear trees look at this bus a love activity
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and all this wealth all this power and then he looked at the Cydia
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Athens happens have never been properly rebuilt after the last Persian invasion
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the Athenians were too busy running their empire to bother with imperial
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trappings
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the Grand temples were burned ruins high atop the Acropolis for all to see
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they're great assembly took place on a hill
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this was no way for the seat and an empire to lock
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this was no way for things to be run someone needed to show the Democratic
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Athenians
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how to be imperialists and pear cleese
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was the man for the job for starters
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pair clues decided to hold the dissolving deleon being together by
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force
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but the Persians pose no further threat
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League members were still expected to pay their dues
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the logic when something like this if you thought the persian maybe was scary
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you know very well how scary the Athenian maybe years
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after all you pay for it the league members were still paying for protection
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just now was not the protection of the United league against a common enemy
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but rather the sort of protection one pays the Mafia for
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just on a grander scale that's a nice city you got there
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be a shame if someone were to kill everyone and burn it to the ground
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with the fiction of the Delian League out of the way pair cleese raided the
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Treasury a de los and brought it home to Athens
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now he had something to work with flush with cash from the Treasury
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apparently is rebuilt all the temples at Athens to return beauty and grandeur to
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the Acropolis
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he commissioned the Parthenon with this huge golden statue of Athena
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he also built a new meeting hall for the General Assembly as well as several
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other public buildings
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Parekh lease in Richmond a bikini in state was not limited to building
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he invited sculptors from around the empire to beautify the city
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meanwhile he patronized a growing circle of philosophers
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poets playwrights an artist's giving rise to the glorious culture they came
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to be identified with all that grease
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for the next two thousand years at them to remain a central earning an art
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for the whole world yet one pair cleese called Athens the school love how los
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he was not talking about it art its philosophy
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or its architecture he was talking about the Athenian system of government
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pair cleese believe democracy was Athens greatest achievement
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and the source of its power this can be clearly seen in his funeral oration
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all city-states does not copy the laws upon neighbors
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we are not followers but rather the pattern to be followed
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we call our state to democracy because it serves
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older people and not just a few all are equal under the law
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whatever their individual differences we select our public officials not based on
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their class
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but based upon their merits poverty will not keep an able man from serving the
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state
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normal the obscurity of his position with such high sentiments
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apparently sought to further the democratic spirit
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he built a new larger public theater and had the state cover the admission of
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poor people to the Panasonic festivals
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he also established the practice of paying people for serving on juries
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encouraging even the poorest to participate
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in his thirty years have leadership the last vestiges a power was stripped from
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the old
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all the car kit are ya pig s an Athens entered a period of
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radical democracy in which the people controlled
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every aspect of the society
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get this glorious democracy was paid for by the server to give atoms
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allies and they would not tolerate it forever
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one by one members are the Delian League began to rebel
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terrified Athens they appealed to Athens Asian rival
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Sparta for help the result was the Peloponnesian War
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which would strip Athens a bit empire in power and bring its glorious experiment
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with radical democracy
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to an abrupt and get in the high-rolling years
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before everything fell apart Athens shown
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like a beacon of civilization an ideal that would persist through the ages
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inspiring us to this day this was Athens
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golden age and that it's hard Sat para cleese
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the wise ruler Christ ernie's might have been better democracy
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apparently is not only perfected it he spread it
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he glorified pair please turn democracy from a system of government into a
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whale's life
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one that was free prosperous and
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unbelievably powerful

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