Keramikos: the ancient cemetery of Athens II

A speech that made Keramikos famous

Pericle Funeral Oration at Keramikos cemetary in ancient Athens 
Pericles' Funeral Oration is one of the most famous ancient Greek texts. It is contained in the second book of the History of the Peloponnesian War written by Thucydides'. Protagonist of the speech is the prominent ancient Greek politician Pericles. Pericles delivered the funeral oration by the end of the 1rst year (430 BC) of the civil war between Athens and Sparta (known as the Peloponnesian War). The speech was part of the funeral ceremony of the Athenian soldiers that have died during the first year of the war. The reason why Pericles' Funeral Oration is that important, is because it describes in a detailed and beautiful way the Athenian Democracy and the way it functioned during its Golden age. The purpose of the speech, which does not follow the typical formula of Athenian funeral speeches, is to remind the Athenians of the privileges the democracy has offered them and to encourage them to continue the fight against Sparta.

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Here, you can see a citizen's name of Athens:  Nίκων Σωσιγένους, ο Φαληρεύς_Nikon Sosigenous from Faliro. Faliro is a location, a municipality beside Pireus port

Pericles said at Keramikos  

For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.

see also  Keramikos: the ancient cemetery of Athens I

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