Athens - The Truth About Democracy

Athens is revered as the birthplace of Western philosophy, art, science and perhaps the greatest political idea of all time: democracy. But in this fascinating documentary (first shown on Channel 4 in July 2007), historian Bettany Hughes looks behind some of the myths of Athensas golden age. She finds a very warlike and aggressive state, which was also capable of terrible mistakes, misdeeds and atrocities.
Athens is revered as the birthplace of Western philosophy, art, science and perhaps the greatest political idea of all time: democracy. But in this fascinating documentary (first shown on Channel 4 in July 2007), historian Bettany Hughes looks behind some of the myths of Athensas golden age. She finds a very warlike and aggressive state, which was also capable of terrible mistakes, misdeeds and atrocities.

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Bettany Hughes looks in detail at the extraordinary new ideas of the new democracy, against the powerful and dramatic story of Socrates, celebrated as one of the authors of the new thinking but who ultimately pushed even democracy beyond its limits and wa

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July 29, 2008
Bettany Hughes looks in detail at the extraordinary new ideas of the new democracy, against the powerful and dramatic story of Socrates, celebrated as one of the authors of the new thinking but who ultimately pushed even democracy beyond its limits and wa
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Hughes explores the story of Athens' victory in one of the greatest sea battles of the ancient world, when the Athenian triremes defeated Xerxes' mighty Persian fleet at Salamis, and reveals the real story of the building of the greatest monument of this

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July 21, 2007
Hughes explores the story of Athens' victory in one of the greatest sea battles of the ancient world, when the Athenian triremes defeated Xerxes' mighty Persian fleet at Salamis, and reveals the real story of the building of the greatest monument of this
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