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Harvard Classics

July 13 – Plutarch: Pericles

Athenians Also Complained of Taxes
Pericles used public money to beautify Athens. The citizens protested against the expense, as citizens in all ages do. By a clever stroke Pericles won their support to his ambitious plans.
Read from Plutarch‘s PERICLES Vol. 12, pp. 4757

Different popular and aristocratical tendencies // two parties of people and the few

Pericles made his policy subservient to the [people’s] pleasure – creating events to please the people // coaxing his countrymen like children

un·ed·i·fy·ing
/ˌənˈedəˌfīiNG/
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adjective
(especially of an event taking place in public) distasteful; unpleasant.
“the unedifying sight of the two leaders screeching conflicting proposals”

People claiming Athens had lost its reputation and was ill-spoken abroad

Use of excess money to build things for “eternal honor” // put the whole city into “state pay” or public salaries

Building projects designed to provide employment

Agatharchus or Agatharch was a self-taught painter from Samos, who lived in the 5th century BC. His father was named Eudemos. He is said by Vitruvius to have invented scenic painting, and to have painted a scene for a tragedy which Aeschylus exhibited.

Phidias or Pheidias was a Greek sculptor, painter, and architect. His Statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Callicrates or Kallikrates was an ancient Greek architect active in the middle of the fifth century BC. He and Ictinus were architects of the Parthenon. An inscription identifies him as the architect of “the Temple of Nike” in the Sanctuary of Athena Nike on the Acropolis.

Orators complaining Pericles squandered public money but once Pericles suggested he only receive credit the people asked him to continue spending

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