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Pedro Olalla

Greece in the Air

Legacies and Challenges of Ancient Athenian Democracy as Seen from Athens Today

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Acantilado

May 2015

192 pages

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German (Berenberg Verlag)

Original Title: Grecia en el aire

“From the very start of this Greek effort to construct an artificial human space where justice would be possible and the peoples’ common destiny would be governed by the will of men, the citizens were the city and hence the state. There was no such thing as a state detached from the citizens. Ever since Solon’s bold measures aimed at involving everyone in decision-making, the state had appeared as an organisation geared to defending the common interest, upholding individual rights against private interests and the arbitrariness of powerful families and their instruments of subjugation … It therefore still makes sense, even today, to scour the corners of this indefatigable city in search of clues that might suggest what led to this impressive achievement”.

Praises

«An unclassifiable work. A passionate defence of the humanism that is increasingly
ignored by the urgent roar of utility».
El Periódico

«His succinct, precise prose shuns any superfluous digression in a comparative
exercise which, in its quest for the vestiges of true democracy, could
become a life-saving feat».
El Norte de Castilla

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Acantilado

May 2015

1 pages

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German (Berenberg Verlag)