Essay 1 Classical Athens and Greek Reality

Essay 1 Classical Athens and Greek Reality - Nick Poggetti...

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Nick Poggetti October 12, 2007 Prof. Caprio Classical Athens and Greek Reality The city of Athens was held to a higher standard than the rest of Ancient Greece. Greece knew that Athens was a wealthy city with a rich culture. Pericles’ view on Athens, discussed in his funeral oration, held the city on a pedestal above the rest of Greece. Pericles’ speech honoring those who died fighting in the Pelponnesian War honored the dead of an outstanding city that developed its own superior culture, which stood above the rest of Greece. “To sum up: I say Athens is the school of Greece” (8.6) Comparing a civilization to a school implies that Greece goes to Athens to learn, or Athens is a professor for all to learn the ways of the world at. Not only is the city and government held on high by Pericles, but other Athenian writers agree such as Thucydides. The individual people and the Athenian Polis are beloved by Athenian writers and citizens alike, and are considered more superior than the rest of Ancient Greece. Pericles’ funeral oration honoring those past in the war included direct praise for his city. He spoke to his fellow Athenians about the many generations developing and producing the city “sufficient for herself both in peace and war” (8.6). Here he refers to Athens as “herself.” One normally gives something they are passionate about a gender. For example, patriotic Americans give the United States a female gender role in songs and traditions. Also, many refer to their boat
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