The famous statue of the Vatican Museum depicts PERICLES in the case. This Democratic speaker had first warrior accents before devoting himself to the cultural development of Athens, which he completed the democratization of political life. Re-elected regularly for 30  years, he gradually abandoned his dreams of Athenian imperialism and turned to spiritual and intellectual sources.

It was under PERICLES thatATHENS saw the construction of theACROPOLIS,and Piraeus benefited from the erection of its fortifications.



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