As many modern historians agree that the Periclean Age of 480 BC to 404 BC championed Athen’s democratic, economic and cultural empire unlike any other period, Pericles contribution was so significant to the extent where, the Periclean Age was identified as Athen’s Golden Age. Through his democratic reforms and policies, Pericles successfully completed the steps towards a “true” democracy and extended wealth, power and cultural influence of the Athenian empire unlike any other politician in Athenian history. Whilst he did not single-handedly delivered Athens into its Golden Age, Pericles’ beneficial reforms and policies provoked and motivated the Athenians to labor towards an ideal Athens. Without Pericles, Athens would have no one as wise
At that time, the U.S and its allies faced economic, political, and social will and a capability to wage war with an extensive use of recourses and mass of military power. Today the social and political climate has changed. Western nations
Historians often credit Cleisthenes as the father of democracy, because of his devotion to a union ran by the people. Cleisthenes belonged to the Alcmaeonid Family, a powerful family at the time, with a leading role in Athenian public life. Cleisthenes was a key player in the way democracy is shaped in the west today. He saw the influence of tyranny, economically, yet his attention remained on the public rights of the people. He believed that the people should earn their wealth and respect rather than being born into it.
Nationalism, Militarism, and the alliance system combined with the spark of a tragedy was all it took to throw the world into a blaze of chaos. From assignation combined with rivalry spawned a conflict that no nation in the world would be free of. The rivalry between the countries of Europe creating militaries inflated to sizes never need other than to be to bigger army. The nationalism putting stress onto the people and leaders of each country, as pride in one’s nation shifts from a force for good to a cause of war. The alliance system aided by Nationalism and Militarism caused one of the largest conflicts of the world.
Melody Beattie once said, “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” This is what Odysseus had to learn after he did not thank the gods for the Trojan war victory due to his pride. According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, “the Greek hero was born of royalty. The Greek hero was braver, taller, handsomer, stronger, than all else.
One of the biggest thing that Jackson had done as a president was in 1832. Jackson vetoed a bill that would renew the second bank charter early. Jackson stated “I will kill it!”. He said this because he didn’t like the bank at all and he believed that it made the rich richer and the poor poorer. He said in his veto message “It is easy to conceive that great evils to our country and its institutions might flow from such a concentration of power in the hands of a few men irresponsible to the people.”
He gave inspiring and great speeches to give citizens the idea that they were an amazing civilization, and the most powerful. This overall boosts the ego of the Athenian Citizens and convinces them that they are a “master race”, and it also encourages them to become apart of their government, and work together. With the continuation of these speeches given by Pericles, it would lead the Athenians to show off their amazing achievements, by sending fleets into the Black Sea to demonstrate power, finding
The American Revolution was said to have been almost lost on multiple occasions, however, because of the American’s courage, strength and perseverance they were able to defeat the British and earn their independence. Winning a war isn’t an easy task especially against the greatest army in the world at the time, but because of the unity of the American people or the colonists at the time, because of their courage, strength and perseverance they benefited from it and because of these factors they were able to win the war and claim what they so strongly believed they had the right to. Courageous people have been displayed throughout all of history, and especially in fictional tales and stories told by people. However, this is no tale,
For people like Tom in the Great Gatsby, the eyes stand as God because what they’re doing is sinful and wrong and they are aware of that. “Terrible place isn’t it,” said Tom, exchanging a frown with Doctor Eckleburg ” (Fitzgerald, 26). Tom is a perfect example of a really greedy person who has never had to work for anything and is another example of how money completley corrupts people because it has become a basic need for Americans. After Tom picks up his girl from the valley of ashes he looks up at Doctor Eckleburg and feels guilty for a second, but because of his money he is assured that all his money will protect him and he can always stand behind his money. “And, entering or leaving the city, one cannot escape the valley of ashes and the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.”
As seen with the Mytilene debate where Athens decides whether to slaughter the Mytilene’s for their rebellion, Cleon, a demagogue, explicitly states “I have often seen a democracy is incapable of ruling an empire (67).” He goes on to argue “you relent out of compassion, your softness puts you in danger and does not win the affection of your allies (67).” To him, qualities such as sentiment and indulgence hurt an empire. The Athenian empire must be unyielding and forceful to control its subjugated people for the subjects only follow the Athenians because they “exceed them in strength (67).” This goes against the tenants of democracy where the people supposedly discus their issues and not rule each other with force.
Just because the city-states were united at the moment in a common struggle doesn’t mean that the rivalries disappeared. City –states still sought to beat their rival but instead of turning that energy onto their rival, The Persian were on the receiving end. Greek ideals were also very important. Greeks held honor and bravery in high honor. The city-state that most exemplified this was Sparta.
Our intention was never to stop, instead we always wanted more and more power, until the world got tired of us and decided to attack us back, from my point of view, we should be thankful that we can have the chance of rebuilding our country. It wouldn’t be necessary to rebuilt the walls, if we do so our enemies will think that we’re going to do the same thing and then they will destroy us, but this time completely. We should make Athens great again, I agree, but let’s start rebuilding Athens differently, lets do it the peacefully way. We can start of by rebuilding the city of Piraeus, if we rebuilt Piraeus we can us our ports and all of our ships to start an economic growth throughout the exportation and importation of goods.
Apparently, Athenians wanted to throw the Persians out of their home land after an Athens leader took over the Delian league. In which they did, the Athens took over a great sum of the Peloponnesian land. As the tension continued, Athens began to build a wall surrounding its empire to prevent Sparta from attacking. At this point in time, the tension between all the city states in Greece were on high alert. An almost “every-man-for-himself” situation.
Now starting off with Greece, who was the first city to ever have a democracy. Their democracy didn’t give as much power to the people but they did inspire other cities. During Rome’s spreading power, Judeo-Christianity began rising. Rome’s democracy was a republic, which meant their political power depended on the people governing. Everybody wanted to be a Roman Citizen because they had the most power.