Spring 2019


Ancient Greece: Athenian Democracy: Engagement and Dissent

At its zenith, ancient Athens was a vibrant democracy that relied on an unheard-of level of engagement by its citizens and produced much of the art, literature and thought that characterizes classical Greek civilization. But democratic Athens also executed Socrates, brutally governed the city’s empire, extorted and massacred its allies and severely punished officials who failed to perform. We’ll examine the peculiar features of Athenian democracy, seeing how it was designed to prevent abuse and corruption, but also why virtually all Greek thinkers, including Plato and Aristotle, saw democracy as a flawed form of governance.

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