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p. 142. The place from where we startedlocked

  • Bernard Crick


‘The place from where we started’ looks at the classical democracies of Greece and the Roman Republic. In ancient Greece, democracy helped create an active citizenry dedicated to public business. This citizen class was small, and government still required the few to rule the many. In the Roman Republic, a system of mixed government existed where the senate consisted of a ruling aristocracy. In this system, there was a tension between the survival of the state and the freedoms of the individual, with the post of dictator existing to rule in an emergency. The values of the republic were consciously taught, and allowed others to learn and adopt the ‘Roman way of life’.

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