Assignment1 - Does Pericles claim that Athens is a generous...

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Does Pericles claim that Athens is a generous city? He DOES claim that Athens is a generous city and even goes as far as to say that, “it is only the Athenians whom fearless of consequences, confer their benefits not from calculations of expediency, but in the confidence of liberality” (excerpt from Thucydides on Athens). That is to say, Pericles claimed that Athens is really “giving” to its neighboring Greeks, when clearly that is not true because Athens like any of the Greek city states that held considerable power (like Sparta); was actually famous for exploiting resources of others and keeping helots to do their hard work and labors like farming. If anything, Athens abused her debtors and humbled them to the status, as I mentioned, of helot. It should also be noted that Pericles exploited the Delian League’s treasury to create the Parthenon; so he does not really have the right to say that Athens was generous. Is Athens an "isolationist" city, according to Pericles? According to Pericles, Athens is NOT an “isolationist” city. The document states , We throw open our city to the world, and never pass laws to exclude foreigners from any opportunity of learning or observing, although the eyes of the enemy may occasionally profit from our liberality…” From the 2 nd lecture in class, we know however that this was a lie. Polis or city-states had a reputation for discouraging foreigners to visit their cities.
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course HISTORY 201 taught by Professor ? during the Summer '08 term at Iowa State.

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