Pericles of Athens - Vincent Azoulay [epub]
Pericles has the rare distinction of giving his name to an entire period of history, embodying what has often been taken as the golden age of the ancient Greek world. “Periclean” Athens witnessed tumultuous political and military events, and achievements of the highest order in philosophy, drama, poetry, oratory, and architecture.
Pericles of Athens is the first book in decades to reassess the life and legacy of one of the greatest generals, orators, and statesmen of the classical world. In this compelling critical biography, Vincent Azoulay takes a fresh look at both the classical and modern reception of Pericles, recognizing his achievements as well as his failings.
From Thucydides and Plutarch to Voltaire and Hegel, ancient and modern authors have questioned Pericles’s relationship with democracy and Athenian society. This is the enigma that Azoulay investigates in this groundbreaking book.
Vincent Azoulay gives us the complete Pericles - clever general, brilliant orator, crafty politician, cruel imperialist, and passionate lover. He offers us an eye-opening tour of Pericles' city of Athens in all its classical glory and with all of its ancient horrors intact. And he shows us why Pericles and Athens have never been forgotten. The scholarship is up to the minute and the story is told with great panache. Whether he is viewed from the perspective of ancient evidence or modern reinvention, Pericles of Athens will never look the same.
Hardcover: 312 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Translation edition (July 21, 2014)