Periclean Athens

Periclean Athens

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Periclean Athens

In this, one of his last books, Sir Maurice Bowra delivered a verdict on the place, the people and the period which had inspired his life's work.

The Athens of democracy and empire, of Phidias and the Parthenon, of Sophocles and Euripides, of Thucydides the historian and Thucydides the opponent of Pericles, he places exactly in a tradition which derived from the social reforms of Clisthenes and Themistocles' inspired defeat of the Persians at the naval battle of Salamis. Neither is he blind to the flaws which ruined the glory of Athens at the close of the fifth century.


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Periclean Athens

In this, one of his last books, Sir Maurice Bowra delivered a verdict on the place, the people and the period which had inspired his life's work.

The Athens of democracy and empire, of Phidias and the Parthenon, of Sophocles and Euripides, of Thucydides the historian and Thucydides the opponent of Pericles, he places exactly in a tradition which derived from the social reforms of Clisthenes and Themistocles' inspired defeat of the Persians at the naval battle of Salamis. Neither is he blind to the flaws which ruined the glory of Athens at the close of the fifth century.


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About C.M. Bowra

Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra was an English classical scholar and academic, known for his wit. He was Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, from 1938 to 1970, and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1951 to 1954.

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