Andrew Burn – Pericles and Athens


Acclaimed as “the first citizen of Athens”, Pericles was one of the greatest statesmen ancient Greece ever produced. During the Golden Age of Athens, in the much admired 5th century B.C., Pericles epitomized the influential politician. But he was also a brilliant orator and military leader brought up in the competitive environment of Greek democracy.

Raised in the aristocratic household of the Alcmaeonid family, one of the most distinguished of his day, Pericles grew to manhood in the exalted company of thinkers like Herodotus, Sophocles, Socrates, Phidias, Iktinus, Pindar, Aeschylus, Euripides, Thucydides, Democritus, and Anaxagorus. He knew them all personally.

Pericles led Athens from 461 to 429 B.C., a pivotal era in history. More than anyone else, it was his steady hand and enlightened outlook that gained Athens the riches of empire and the glory of the Acropolis.

Never before have the arts flourished with such incredible perfection as within the lifetime of Pericles. And never before was the death of a leader followed by such swift calamity. His absence during the long, drawn out Peloponnesian War was keenly felt.

Listen to this great story and learn why Pericles was truly the most indispensable man in Greece.

Author: Andrew Burn
Narrator: Charlton Griffin
Duration: 7 hours 29 minutes
Released: 9 Nov 2012
Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
Language: English

User Review:

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The narrator wasn’t great. His gruff narrative voice (his only vocal adaptation) was more distracting than anything else. If I’d found him on Librivox I’d be reasonably happy, but not on Audible.

The content was good. Some of it was repetitive, but that was to show the repetition and differences of different accounts. I’m not quite sure why people invent and hold to such myths, but they seem to be ubiquitous and important to their subscribers.