Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Question 1
Who do you think were the intended audiences of Pericles’ Funeral Oration and Xenophon’s description of the Spartan state? How might their purpose and intended audience affect their tone? Can we take these accounts at face value? Why or why not? What else would you like to know from the author?

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Website: British Museum, Athens – http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/athens/home_set.htmlACME WRITERS

Website: British Museum, Sparta – http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/sparta/home_set.html

Website: Thucydides (c.460/455-c.399 BCE): Pericles’ Funeral Oration from the Peloponnesian War (c. 430 BCE) – http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/ancient/pericles-funeralspeech.asp

Website: Xenophon (c.428-c.354 BCE): The Polity of the Spartans, c. 375 BCE – http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/Halsall/ancient/xeno-sparta1.asp

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question 2
Faxian and Marco Polo lived 900 years apart, near the beginning and end of the Silk Road. What values do their narratives promote? What similarities and differences do you see in their narratives? How are those similarities and differences related to the kinds of journeys they undertook, the purposes of their journeys, and the times in which they composed their travel narratives?

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Kevin Reilly, The Human Journey, Chapter 4

Website: Silk Road – http://asiasociety.org/education/silk-road

Website: Silk Road History – http://www.thesilkroadchina.com/fact-v11-the-silk-road-history.htmlACME WRITERS

Website: The Journey of Faxian to India (ca. 400 CE) – http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/texts/faxian.html

Website: The Travels of Marco Polo (ca. 1300 CE) – read Chapter 1 through Chapter 18) – https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Travels_of_Marco_Polo/Preface/Chapter_1

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