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From Democrats to Kings: the brutal dawn of a new world

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For centuries, the golden age of ancient Greece has been the 5th century BC - the time of the Parthenon, of the Athenian Empire and of the defeat of the Persian invasion. But in this talk, I want to put the spotlight on the century following these achievements – a time in which the Greek world was turned brutally on its head from a world in which city-states, and particularly democratic Athens, were in charge, to a world in which an absolute monarch – Alexander the Great – held the reins of power. I look at how such a change came about in a staggeringly short 80 years, and what an investigation into this world – 2500 years old – can do for us today as we face up to the stresses and strains of the 21st century.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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