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Ancient Greece appears in our collective Western
memory as a shining example of Democracy.  We venerate the arts, science and philosophy that was possible during the Golden Age of Athens.  And yet, there is a much more complex and somewhat troubling story. 
 
While Athenians threw off the yoke of oligarchy and tyrants, their democratic reforms were limited to a small portion of the population.  They created a protection "racket" and forced members of the Delian League to pay up on pain of invasion and even death. 
 
As we look at the vibrant Greek City States, we will keep in mind the way that Athenian power expressed itself.  While creating some of the founding ideas of science, philosophy,theater, and art - they also allowed the suppression and public execution of some of those same innovators and their supporters.  
 
That is our challenge to bring together a more complete understanding of the first self proclaimed Democracy.

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