The Age of Pericles: A History of the Politics and Arts of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian War - Vol. 1

The Age of Pericles: A History of the Politics and Arts of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian War - Vol. 1

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The Age of Pericles: A History of the Politics and Arts of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian War - Vol. 1

The Age of Pericles: A History of the Politics and Arts of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian War - Vol. 1

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The subject-matter of the ensuing history is comprised in the fifty years that intervene between the repulse of the invasion of Greece by Xerxes and the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War -- the interval therefore between the closing events of the history of Herodotus and the opening of that of Thucydides. A certain overlap is admitted at either end for the sake of more distinctly marking the connection with the two great continuous histories.

The political events that occupied these years, though anything but unimportant, were yet, even in antiquity, not made the subject of any special narrative, the more momentous struggles and ware of the adjacent periods withdrawing attention from them. The quarrels that occurred within this period and led to open conflicts were, though all under a main drifting influence, short and disconnected; and it may therefore be considered as, on the whole, an oasis of peace in the midst of surrounding devastation and disorder.

But it was within this period that all the germs were deposited which sprang into such rank vitality afterwards. The predominance of Athens was then advancing to consolidation, and already giving signs of that vigour which was to be shown in conflict with the animosities and discontents among which it was growing up, and the growth . . .

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