Aspasia and Pericles


Pericles and Aspasia supervise the works of Phidias. Photo by: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

This is often held up as one of history’s great love stories – Plutarch wrote that Pericles kissed Aspasia every single day. And that’s very sweet and romantic, but their high-profile relationship was central to a key period in Greek history.

Holly's Research:

  • Plutarch. “Pericles.” Translated by John Dryden. Accessed online: http://classics.mit.edu/Plutarch/pericles.html
  • Plato. “Menexenus.” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1682/1682-h/1682-h.htm
  • Fears, J. Rufus. “Famous Greeks.” Lecture 13, Anaxagoras, Phidias, and Aspasia. The Great Courses.
  • PBS.org. “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.” http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/htmlver/
  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Aspasia.” Encyclopædia Britannica. June 10, 2009. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Aspasia
  • Martin, Thomas R. “Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times.” Yale University Press. 1996.
  • Halsall, Paul. “Thucydides (c.460/455-c.399 BCE): Pericles' Funeral Oration from the Peloponnesian War (Book 2.34-46).” Internet Ancient History Sourcebook. Fordham University. August 2000. https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/ancient/pericles-funeralspeech.asp
  • Buckley, Terry. “Aspects of Greek History, 750-323 BC: A Source-based Approach.” Psychology Press. 1996.
  • Henry, Madeleine Mary. “Prisoner of History: Aspasia of Miletus and Her Biographical Tradition.” Oxford University Press. 1995.

Topics in this Podcast: antiquity, Athens, ancient Greece, love stories, biographies, women