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Democracy: A Life

Tuesday 5 April 2016

1 Hour


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Expert in ancient Greece Professor Paul Cartledge explains the history of democracy and the differences between its ancient and modern forms.

Cartledge traces the roots of democracy back to ancient Greece and explains why many of the leading Greek thinkers were either ambivalent towards it or hostile to it. He says there was no single ancient Greek democracy and traces its development from 500BC to its height in 350BC and its decline at the hands of the Macedonians and ultimately the Romans.

Cartledge is A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. He is an honorary citizen of modern Sparta and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor awarded by the President of Greece. His books include The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece and End of the Graeco-Persian Wars.