HIS 101 and 111
Pericles Paragraph Assignment
Erechtheon was a temple on the north side of the Acropolis in Athens
dedicated to both Erechtheus, a king of Greek myth and the legendary founder
of the city of Athens, and also the god Poseidon. The temple was built circa 421
to 407 bce, near the end of Pericles's Golden Age and his massive building program that transformed the city of Athens.
In the courtyard outside the temple grew the city's sacred olive tree. The
porch on the north side of the temple, as seen here, is considered by
many to be one of the best examples of columns of the ionic
The porch on the south side was supported by six maiden figures (the
caryatids). In the nineteenth century Lord Elgin--of the Elgin
Marbles infamy--carted off one
of the caryatids to his home in Scotland and destroyed another one in
the process. Thus, only four remain in the Acropolis
Museum. (See below for the Porch of the Maidens. Some of
caryatids are reproductions.) Photos credit C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.
Read the Pericles
Funeral Oration (along with the document background information and the study questions) and answer the following
question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Funeral Oration (not the textbook), what were the main
features of Athenian democracy according to Pericles?
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
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Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in
Charlie's History Writing Center for
additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.
The Required Pericles Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.
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