Political allegiance and imperial expansion in Periclean Athens
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This paper explores the expansion of the Athenian empire as well as her entrance into war with Sparta. It considers the movement of the three Periclean speeches, in order to understand Pericles' particularly grand attempt at public enlightenment while struggling to retain stability within a city embattled by war and disease. Ultimately, the paper seeks to examine the interdependency of Periclean and popular motives and aims during Athenian imperial reign. Specifically, the question pursued is: to what extent is Pericles himself is moved by the erotic longing for eternal Athenian power that he calls upon the citizenry as a whole to embrace?