Posts Tagged ‘Ancient Greece’
What made Athens great? We only need to read accounts of Plutarch, Thucydides and Xenephon to know why. Take Pericles for example. He impressed his name to an age by the force of his character. His funeral oration to commemorate the honor and glory of the fallen comrades still moves us. Therein he showed to the world what made Athens the greatest city. What he need not have said was his own role in shaping its destiny. Athens was great because it had people like Pericles, Aristides, Themistocles and Socrates.
It also had people like Alcibiades whose virtues were not as much evident by many vices. Does it not speak something of the spirit of the times and also weakness of man in that life gave more room for vices than virtues?
Alcibiades was shaped by his times and it gave him short end of the stick.