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?
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Your paragraph must follow this format:
- begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
- font size 10 or 12 only
- one-inch margins
- direct, quoted material to support your points
- name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
- about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked
to rewrite your work. This is done for your own benefit
and will result in an improved grade.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for
specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the
course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.
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