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Caleb Jones HY 101 Professor Nichols February 14, 2010 Lincoln vs. Pericles There are many parallel and contrasting themes present in the Gettysburg Address and Pericles’ Funeral Oration made by Thucydides. Both speeches were made during a great war, and addressed the dead. In both speeches the orators addressed the founding fathers and their contributions to their land. The governments mentioned in both speeches are similar governments, and are described in the same way. These are just a few of the similarities in the speeches. Thucydides’ speech focuses on the power and magnificence of Athens, while Lincoln focuses on the honor and respect due to the dead. The wars that are mentioned in both speeches are being fought for totally different reasons. The most prominent similarity lies with the wars that are taking place as these speeches are being made. Each speech is being made in honor of the men who have died in each war. Thucydides and Lincoln both mentioned that the ground of the battlefields was dedicated as the resting place for many of the fallen soldiers. Both wars were being
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