Demokratia: The Gods, and the Free World

Demokratia: The Gods, and the Free World

Demokratia: The Gods, and the Free World

Demokratia: The Gods, and the Free World

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The mission of Greece and Rome to defend and promote freedom and the rule of law had a religious foundation according to the thesis propounded and developed in the following pages.

Whereas the duty of the historian is usually and rightly conceived as vigilance in the recognition and exposure of what was really happening beneath the pretenses which the men of each generation erect, it is sometimes necessary to study the pretenses themselves in order to understand the limitations and inspiration of actions. Ideals are often a disguise, but even hypocrisy is a tribute which confesses the importance of the ideal, and the historian who tries to understand a period will surely study not only what men do, and the economic motives which drive them, but also what they think and say they are doing when they try to give their actions a certain dignity and glory.

This study attempts to cover a period which has in my . . .

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