summary of the funeral oration

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University of Toronto St. George
Victoria Wohl

Every year the Athenians honoured those who died during the war. The bones would be collected in a tent thats erected and then people make offerings, after which there is a funeral procession where the bones are carried in cypress wood coffins outside the city. One coffin per tribe and an empty one to signify the missing. Those who died at Marathon are buried in the battlefield itself to show their great achievement. After the bones are buried, one person whos considered intellectual is chosen for a eulogy after which everyone leaves. In this particular funeral Pericles, son of Xanthippus was chosen. His speech: a lot of ppl think its an honour to speak for the dead. I dont agree. Its a hard thing to do- to balance their brave actions with the words of one single person. When the listener knows the facts, he thinks the orator speaks to little, others think he speaks too much and becomes jealous. Praise of other people is tolerable only up to a certain point, the point where one still beliebes that one could do oneself some of the thi
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