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NAME: _______________________________

Read the following primary source documents using the critical reading method that was taught during the introductory unit and then answer
the questions that follow each document. As you read this source, remember to: Circle words you do not understand.  Underline sections

that are unclear.  Periodically make notations in the margin that summarizes what you have just read.  Write the question number (from
the previous exercise) next to where you found the answer in the text (the number can be placed in the sentence or after it). You MUST write

your answers on a separate sheet of paper.

The Funeral Oration of Pericles (431 BCE)

Our constitution is called a democracy because the power is in the
hands not of a minority but of the whole people. When it is a question
of settling private disputes, everyone is equal before the law; when it is
a question of putting one person before another in position of public
responsibility, what counts is not membership of a particular class, but
the actual ability which the man possesses. No one, so long as he has
it in him to be of service to the state, is kept in political obscurity
because of poverty. And, just as our political life is free and open so is
our day-to-day life in our relations with each other. We do not get
into a state with our next door neighbor if he enjoys himself in his
own way, nor do we give him the kind of blank looks which though do
no real harm, still do hurt people’s feelings. We are free and tolerant
in our private lives; but in public affairs we keep to the law. This is
because it commands our deep respect.

We give our obedience to those whom we put in positions of
authority, and we obey the laws themselves, especially those which are
for the protection of the oppressed, and those unwritten laws which it
is an acknowledged shame to break. Here each individual in interested
not only in his own affairs but in the affairs of the state as well; even
those who are mostly occupied with the affairs of their own business
are extremely well informed on general politics- this is a peculiarity of
ours: we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a
man who minds his own business; we say that he has business here at
all. We Athenians, in our own persons take our decisions on polity or
submit them to proper discussions: for we do not think there is an
incompatibility between words and deeds; the worst thing is to rush
into action before the consequences have been properly debated…



1. Explain how this document describes the following aspects of Athenian life and democracy:

a. Political Power

b. Requirements for public office

c. Tolerance

2. What does the following quote mean, “this is a peculiarity of ours: we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics i

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