Pericles Funeral Oration Essay

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Close reading essay of Pericles' Funeral Oration 
from the Peloponnesian War "Indeed if I have dwelt at some length upon the character of our country, it has been to show that our stake in the struggle is not the same as theirs who have no such blessings to lose, and also that the panegyric of the men over whom I am now speaking might be by definite proofs established” (Thucydides). It is through examples of greatness that Pericles attempts to spark Athenian pride and show Athenian ability to put the greater good of the country before their own personal desires. Such as men giving their lives to defend such “Blessings” He Praises them on their versatility in dealing with various issues in Athens and explains it sets Athens apart from other city-states such as Sparta. Pericles eulogy was not directed at the dead but rather a call to the living to carry on a sort of moral booster for a dark time in Athens. He shows how the Athenian lifestyle is worth giving one’s life to defend, but also how one should feel proud to be part of such a great city-state and its traditions…show more content…
He explains how several components that make up the city also set Athens apart from the rest of Greece. He speaks of the government, military, education system as well as several others. He shows the deep appreciation Athenians have for their history and cultural roots by touching on the ancestors. He states how over centuries the great city was formed into what it is today. Pericles states “Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves” (Thucydides). To show how Athenian democracy sets Athens apart and he puts the city on a pedestal to be an example for others to follow. He also talks about how the government puts the needs of the many first. Not only is this a characteristic of Athens but it was one that it’s people took great pride

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