Pericles

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Pericles (ˈpɛrɪˌkliːz)
 
n
?495--429 bc, Athenian statesman and leader of the popular party, who contributed greatly to Athens' political and cultural supremacy in Greece. In power from about 460 bc, he was responsible for the construction of the Parthenon. He conducted the Peloponnesian War (431--404 bc) successfully until his death

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Pericles
Athenian statesman (c.495-429 B.C.E.), from Gk. Perikles, lit. "far-famed," from peri "all around" + -kles "fame" (see Damocles). His leadership of Athens marks its intellectual and material zenith.
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Pericles [(per-uh-kleez)]

A statesman of ancient Greece, who tried to unite the country under the leadership of his own city, Athens. Pericles also promoted democracy within Athens. His rule is sometimes known as the Golden Age of Greece. Many magnificent buildings, including the Parthenon, were built under his administration. He led the Athenians at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War but died soon afterward.

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