Pericles' overall greatest achievements were in Athens. Some of Pericles' greatest achievements were organizing the construction of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, leading several successful military campaigns, and becoming a prominent statesman and general in the city. He ruled Athens from around 461 to 429 B.C.
Pericles is also considered to be responsible in helping Athens to become a democratic state, and he began the Athenian Empire. He did much to help Athens, and the time period that he was general came to be known as the "Age of Pericles." In addition to seeing the construction of some of the city's greatest buildings, he also promoted arts and literature, helping Athens to become the educational and cultural center of Ancient Greece.