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July 27, 2019

Johnson: Not Pericles but Alcibiades

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Europe, Greece — derryvickers @ 7:18 am

Johnson: Not Pericles and certainly not Alexander but Alcibiades

If you read only one thing this week do not miss Simon Jenkins in the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/27/boris-johnson-no-10-pericles-greek-hero

But Pericles’s external diplomacy was a disaster. It arrogantly incurred the hostility of surrounding states, who took their revenge by aiding Sparta in the Peloponnesian wars, and eventually crushing Athenian democracy. Pericles listened for advice only to his formidable mistress, Aspasia. He is an odd mentor for a modern leader’

Johnson’s tenure as PM ‘will have nothing to do with Pericles. Alcibiades is now in charge’

 

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