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By Sanford Holst

we have a tendency to take democracy, philosophy, theatre and the gorgeous structures of Athens with no consideration, as though they have been continually going to occur. yet actually, 5 made up our minds humans had an overpowering impression on making these issues take place. And the wealthy information in their lives supply us a deep and fulfilling look at how the awesome Golden Age of Athens got here into being.
Socrates, after all, was once a kind of humans. yet how did he upward thrust from operating as a stonemason to being one of many world's maximum philosophers? His lifestyles offers us a glance extra within Athenian society in these days. The early tyrant Peisistratos created prestigious prizes for theatre performs, motivating Aeschylus, Euripides and others to commit themselves to generating such works. A extra recognized chief of Athens used to be Pericles, who commissioned the construction of the Parthenon and different nice works. yet Pericles was once additionally the appropriate guy on the correct time to maintain the suffering Athenian democracy while it will probably have perished. The often-overlooked Aspasia was once an influential girl who had a considerable effect on Pericles in addition to Socrates, and considerably affected their paintings. The strong Athenian normal Alcibiades was once so dominant in conflict that Sparta couldn't win the Peloponnesian warfare until eventually demagogues in Athens foolishly drove their basic away.
Many humans contributed to the lifetime of Athens. yet with out those 5 humans, the city's top days may need amounted to not anything greater than these of Thebes or Corinth -- amazing, yet with out lasting lines. 5 striking humans took what they discovered in Athens and made it nice. They stood out between their friends, and gave us a Golden Age.

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