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I. The “Golden Age” of Classical Greece A. Athens After Battle of Salamis 1. Enjoyed rise in power and prestige 2. Premier naval power of eastern Mediterranean rivaling Sparta 3. Emerged as leader of Delian League a. Group of poleis pledged to continue to fight against Persia B. Periclean Athens 1. Reforms by Cleisthenes encouraged Greek democracy a. Only one thing still done by traditional Greek vote, strategos i. General ii. Most talented and ambitious public figures 2. Cimon’s military success made him most powerful politician a. Mood in Athens now changing b. More of a demand by people for role in government 3. Pericles emerged from a noble family a. Political rival of Cimon b. Used platform of greater enfranchisement of the thetes and an anti- Spartan foreign policy to defeat Cimon c. Elected strategos 4. Pericles pushed reforms to make Athens more democratic a. Gave every Athenian citizen right to propose and amend legislation, not just to vote yes or no in the citizen assembly b.
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