The Age of Pericles

Author(s): Jeremy McInerney
Series: Great Courses
Genre: History
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.22 hours)
Product Number: Z100016738
Released: Oct 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682767214
Narrator/s: Jeremy McInerney
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"The career of Pericles, the leading Athenian politician and general from c. 450 to 429 B.C., is a prism through which to view the ""Golden Age"" of Greece, a brief but remarkable era when Athens experienced a cultural flowering of extraordinary power and importance for Western culture. In the generation that followed Pericles' appearance on the public stage shortly after the Persian wars, Athens rapidly transformed the alliance of Greek states - an alliance first created as a defense against the Persians - into a true Aegean empire, dominated by the Athenians and their mighty navy. But this dramatic increase in military power, cultural influence, and prestige was also accompanied by something unique: the growth of full participatory democracy. But in examining the lives of Athenian men and women, one has to ask what freedom and autonomy really meant to a society that relied on slaves and was ruthless in its treatment of its subjects. These 24 stimulating lectures present a well-rounded portrait of almost every aspect of Athenian life during the Golden Age, including. the different ways Athens and Sparta raised their children; the fate of Athenian girls as mothers and managers of the household; young Pericles' role in bringing Aeschylus's masterpiece, The Persians; why the Spartans rejected the aid of Athens in putting down a slave revolt; and Thucydides' terrifying description of the plague's physical and social impact on Athens - including the death of Pericles - and its possible role in the ultimate defeat of Athens by Sparta."

Professional reviews

"This Great Courses audio explores Athenian life during the reign of one of the greatest orators/statesmen in the ancient Greek world. Pericles guided Athens from about 458 B.C. until his death in 429 B.C., and he defined his age. Professor Jeremy McInerney, of the University of Pennsylvania, is an excellent lecturer--organized, easy to follow and, yes, very interesting. McInerney's Australian accent is heard occasionally but adds color to his words. Obviously an expert in his field, he introduces concepts and vocabulary slowly, proceeding with few pauses or distracting verbal habits as he makes connections between his topic and the present day. Above all, the professor combines the two traits that all great teachers possess: knowledge and accessibility. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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