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  • Democracy: A Life | Paul Cartledge

    Democracy: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By Paul Hodgson
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    Ancient Greece first coined the concept of democracy, yet almost every major ancient Greek thinker - from Plato and Aristotle onward - was ambivalent toward or even hostile to democracy in any form. The explanation for this is quite simple: The elite perceived majority power as tantamount to a dictatorship of the proletariat. In ancient Greece, there can be traced not only the rudiments of modern democratic society but the entire Western tradition of antidemocratic thought.

  • The Spartans | Paul Cartledge

    The Spartans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    The Spartans of ancient Greece were a powerful and unique people, radically different from any civilization before or since. A society of warrior-heroes, they were living exemplars of self-sacrifice, community endeavor, and achievement against all odds, qualities that today signify the ultimate in heroism. Scholars even believe that Thomas More had Sparta specifically in mind when he coined the term "Utopia".

    J. Clark says: "requires full attention"
  • Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past | Paul Cartledge

    Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Paul Cartledge, one of the world's foremost scholars of ancient Greece, illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 B.C.), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order. Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, and filmmakers.

    Steve says: "Interesting World History."
  • Thermopylae | Paul Cartledge

    Thermopylae

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance: almost. It is one of history's most acclaimed battles, one of civilization's greatest last stands.

    Euryleia says: "Requires full attention"
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