Early Greek Democracy

Early Greek Democracy
Fridays,  1:00 – 4:00  PM, March 3 – 31
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Registration: Please Contact David Payne at the library for more information. (301) 600-3773

Democracy as we know it began to emerge in the 6th century BCE Greece and evolved with changes in the culture, economics, and increasing population, among other things. In this course, Dr. Karen Gray tells the story of the ups and downs of early Greek democracy and some of the people who dramatically advanced or changed it. In the process, she evaluates the ancient Greek understanding of liberty, equality, power, and their democratic ideals.

The course will conclude by comparing Greek democracy and constitutions with the Magna Carta —a foundation document for our own Constitutional democracy. Dr. Gray’s lectures are based on PowerPoint presentations and include a brief break midway and a half hour discussion afterward. Lectures will include:

  • Solon and the Earliest Greek Democracy
  • Athenian Democracy in the Age of Pericles
  • Greek Democracy in the Age of Plato and Aristotle
  • Ancient Greek Democracy and the Magna Carta

Instructor: Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.

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