Ten Things You Really Should Know About Ancient Greek Democracy
Sep 27, 2016
Professor Paul Cartledge explores the democracy in ancient Greece and the origins of the word, and how that distinguishes from today's notion of democracy http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ten-things-you-really-should-know-about-ancient-greek-democracy Myths abound about ancient Greek democracy - actually, there was no such thing. That is, there was no such one thing. Even Athens, which invented both the thing and the name, had at least three versions over a span of about 150 years. But although the ancient Greeks have given the world 'democracy', ancient Greek democracy was in several crucial and fundamental respects very different indeed from, if not opposite to, what passes for 'democracy' today. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ten-things-you-really-should-know-about-ancient-greek-democracy Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.
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