Focus Questions Pericles

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Focus Questions Plutarch’s Life of Pericles 1. Unlike modern biographies, ancient biographies grew out of a tradition of praising outstanding men and women for their display of “excellence” (“virtue”) in public life. Biographers therefore tried to enumerate qualities that served others as a model of virtue. How does Plutarch (writing more than 500 years after Pericles) remind readers of this goal in his introductory remarks (section 1)? 2. In discussing the early years of Pericles life (sec. 3), why do you think Plutarch included the story about the dream Pericles’ mother, Agariste, had prior to his birth? Does this story have more of folktale quality than we would expect of a historical biography? 3. How does the detail about the shape of Pericles’ head provide a comic counterpoint to his noble birth? What do we learn about Athens’ democratic society from the details Plutarch gives about the abuse Pericles suffered from comic poets because of hits deformity? 4.
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2009 for the course ARLT 101g taught by Professor Gustafson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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