Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens...

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Author  Arlene W. Saxonhouse
Publisher  Cambridge University Press
Publication Date   February 25, 2008
ISBN  052172158X
Pages  246

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Free speech in the ancient democracy was not a protected right but an expression of the freedom from hierarchy, awe, reverence and shame. That freedom was challenged by the consequences of the rejection of shame (aidos) which had served as a cohesive force within the polity. Through readings of Socrates's trial, Greek tragedy and comedy, Thucydides's History, and Plato's Protagoras, this volume explores the paradoxical connections between free speech, democracy, shame, and Socratic philosophy and Thucydidean history.

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