Pericles' three goals for Athens were to strengthen the democracy, to consolidate the empire and make it more beautiful and to protect the people. In order to do this he created an assembly called the Ecclesia, which helped give governmental power to the poor.
In order to make Greece the center of attention, he decided to rebuild after the Persian War. Among the buildings he built was the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Pericles was also the leader of Greece throughout the Peloponnesian War, but he ended up dying of the plague two and a half years after the war began.