Pericles was a leader of the people from the city-state called Athenians. He was in charge of the development of Athenians democracy and would also spread Athenian culture to others he had seen in the world.
Pericles wanted to improve the growth of democracy in his city-state. In the Athenian government they had many other systems he the wanted democracy. He wanted democracy so everyone would be allowed to vote on there leader.
While Pericles was leading Athenians went into the Peloponnese war. The Athens and another city called Sparta fought for a while until they attacked the Athenians and the Athenians were trap in walls with sickness and disease.