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1 The Athenians follow Pericles' advice, but are not appeased until they have fined him. He soon regains their esteem, and takes the lead of affairs. After his death his wisdom was even better appreciated than during his life. His advice about the war was sound if the Athenians would only have followed it. But they were continually embarking on rash enterprises, and the city was distracted by the struggles of rival demagogues, whereas Pericles had been their natural leader.
2 Or, 'while they continued to succeed, only brought.'
3 Or, 'while they continued to succeed, only brought.'
5 Even after the Sicilian disaster they held' out against their old enemies and many new ones, and were at last only ruined by themselves. So that Pericles was quite right after all.
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