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Liberty in Antiquity (con)

This cluster of readings centers on the theme that individual liberty was absent in antiquity.  Plato’s Apology and Crito make excellent background readings for Constant’s “The Liberty of the Ancients Compared with that of the Moderns” and Acton’s “The History of … Continue reading

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“The History of Freedom in Antiquity” In this piece Acton talks about ideas, not legislation.  Acton identifies the meaning of liberty and then proceeds to argue that with the ancients “rights secured by equal laws and by sharing power existed … Continue reading

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