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The Cemetery In The Age of Pericles
7 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFREE
Thursday 7 March 2019, 1 pm at Barnard’s Inn Hall, London
The Cemetery In The Age of Pericles https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/pericles-funeral-oration-cemetery
In 431 BCE the Athenian statesman Pericles delivered one of the most influential speeches of all time, his Epitaphios or Funeral Oration. The occasion was at the funeral of the first Athenian soldiers to lose their lives in the Peloponnesian War. This lecture examines the history of this beautiful site, the momentous occasion on which Pericles spoke, and the ways in which his speech, recorded by the historian Thucydides who was present at its delivery, has informed subsequent epoch-making orations from Lincoln at Gettysburg to Kennedy and Obama.