Pericles

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Pericles of Ancient Greece once said, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” He lived out this motto all throughout his life; in politics, war, and his personal life before rule. Pericles was over all one of the best leaders of Athens.
Pericles was born in 495 BC. His name means “surrounded by glory” in Greek. He was raised in an Aristocratic family and through his mother he is related to Cleisthenes. In 472, Pericles sponsored the drama for the annual Dionysus festival. He was assigned to sponsor the tragic playwright, Aeschylus. Around the same time, he became married to a woman whose name we do not know. She gave him a total of two sons, but supposedly their marriage was not very healthy. He eventually got a divorce and fled to his lady Aspasia. She was said to be a very intelligent foreign woman. He treated her as if they were equals instead of treating her the way most women were treated in that time period.
In 461 BC, Pericles would become the leader of Athens until his unfortunate death in 429 BC. In...

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