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p. 12413. Epiloguelocked

  • Paul Cartledge


For the Greeks, politics happened at the centre of their lives. Our word ‘politics’ comes from the ancient Greek neuter plural adjective politika meaning ‘matters relating to the polis’. The Epilogue summarizes what we can learn about the cities of Ancient Greece and their legacies today. Public affairs were decided by the citizenry as a whole, with a meeting ‘towards the middle’ to discuss, debate, and thrash out the common good, the public interest of the city and its citizens. Greek politics has left a widespread legacy in the West and deserves our attention and respect, and perhaps even imitation.

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