Inspirational Quote of the Day: Pericles on the Secret to Happiness


Pericles (/ˈpɛrɪkliːz/; Greek: Περικλῆς Periklēs, pronounced [pe.ri.klɛ̂ːs] in Classical Attic; c. 495 – 429 BC) was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age—specifically the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. He was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically influential Alcmaeonid family.

Pericles had such a profound influence on Athenian society that Thucydides, a contemporary historian, acclaimed him as “the first citizen of Athens”.[1] Pericles turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire, and led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. The period during which he led Athens, roughly from 461 to 429 BC, is sometimes known as the “Age of Pericles”, though the period thus denoted can include times as early as the Persian Wars, or as late as the next century. Pericles promoted the arts and literature; it is principally through his efforts that Athens holds the reputation of being the educational and cultural center of the ancient Greek world. He started an ambitious project that generated most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis (including the Parthenon). This project beautified and protected the city, exhibited its glory, and gave work to the people.[2] Pericles also fostered Athenian democracy to such an extent that critics call him a populist.[3][4]

4 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: Pericles on the Secret to Happiness

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  2. ” Pericles turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire, and led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War.”

    Both these things were bad. War mongers are always famous, no matter what harm they do – like “Honest” Abe Lincoln. Athens taxed their allies very heavily and built great monuments inside Athens with the loot/booty/tax. Paid for by those allies who were impoverished.
    Taking on Sparta was a bad plan and in the medium run Sparta won the war and kicked Athenian arse. Though eventually Sparta also lost on an island when Athens used ruthless tactics like burning everything and fighting dirty/cowardly with bows and arrows and avoiding up close combat – like the USA in Vietnam and everywhere since,
    A war like that was destructive to all of Greece and white man freedom. Like the US civil war.

    • Check out today’s post on the Civil War, or as we like to say, the War for Southern Independence.

      Today’s Greeks look nothing like the white men and women pictured by the statues. They now appear to be a mixed race. I have no knowledge of how that might have led to the downfall of ancient Athens. However, I do have suspicions.

      • For every tall fair white Athenian there were six or so slaves, many of whom must have been short and dark skinned. Plus the Turkish invasion in recent centuries, plus Africans.
        Spartans were outnumbered by helots (local peasants), who were not slaves but forced to pay tribute to Sparta. Young Spartan warriors occasionally went helot hunting (legal but not officially encouraged), i.e killed one or two of them. Bring this idea back to the West, please!
        Rome had lots of tinted slaves also.
        Demographics always wins in the long run. Demo is from a Greek word. “He who shags, wins”.

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