Tag Archives: Ancient Athens

Greek Treasures: ancient and modern

I just came across this opinion piece in the LA times of 26th February by James Romm, a scholar I admire greatly. But here he offers an example of  highly emotional rhetoric which is historically unjustified. At the same time, his article … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for constitutional amendments (or: the Demands of Democracy)

It’s rather early on a Sunday morning, and I am already on the train to Cardiff, determined to get there in time to vote on a few constitutional amendments. Yes, it’s that time of year again – it’s a Liberal … Continue reading

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Higher Education in the Marketplace

Sometime towards the end of the fifth century BC the young Athenian Xenophon encountered a man in a narrow side street. The man blocked his way and asked where every kind of food was sold. Once he had received a reply, he asked another … Continue reading

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Democracy – Worth Paying For?

Every few years, the issue of party funding comes up as a matter of negotiation between the main parties. Usually it remains a matter for the wonks before it disappears again, since it is very difficult to find any agreement, … Continue reading

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