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The Promotion of KnowledgeLectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy 1902-2002$
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John Morrill

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263129

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263129.001.0001

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Classical Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power

Classical Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power

(p.145) 7 Classical Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power
The Promotion of Knowledge

Josiah Ober

British Academy

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on the growing popularity of Greek democracy as a topic in school and university curricula. It argues that that the modern penchant for reading the meaning of democracy through the lens of the authoritative institutions of government has had a substantial impact on the way ancient Greek democracy has been understood. It suggests that the study of the ancient Athenian democracy should be conducted with a cultural/ideological approach rather than a constitutional approach.

Keywords:   Greek democracy, university curricula, authoritative government, cultural/ideological approach, Athenian democracy, British Academy, centenary celebration

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