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Peter Green: Class War in Ancient Athens

19 April 2017
Democracy’s Slaves: A Political History of Ancient Greece 
by Paulin Ismard, translated by Jane Marie Todd.
Harvard, 188 pp., £25.95, January 2017, 978 0 674 66007 6
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... skilled technicians: carpenters, shipwrights, builders, smiths, physicians, scribes, minstrels. As Paulin Ismard reminds us in Democracy’s Slaves, for ‘the Greeks of the archaic period, intellectual and manual activities did not belong to fundamentally different spheres of activity’. We are so used to privileging expertise that it is hard for us to ...

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