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Athens: The Dawn of Democracy

Athens: The Dawn of Democracy

This series explores the world of Athens in 500BC -- the birthplace of democratic debate, the original home of freedom and equality. It was a city at the height of its self-confidence, a place of great economic and imperial power ruled, not by a king, but by a popular assembly of its 40,000 male citizens. The legacy of Athenian democracy lives on in all modern representative democracies. It gave us the inalienable liberties of freedom, the rule of law, natural equality and the rights of freedom of expression and education.

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