Pericles was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age—specifically the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. He was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically influential Alcmaeonid family.
Probably the best known Athenian statesman that ever was, Pericles was the son of the army commander Xanthippus who had defeated the Persians in the battle of Mycale in 479 BC. He studied under the Sophist and master of Music Damon, and the philosopher Anaxagoras as well as Zenon of Elea, thanks to the wealth of his family.
Source: The Scripps Research Institute