From Democrats to Kings: The Brutal Dawn of a New World from by Michael Scott

By Michael Scott

Athens, 404 BC. The Democratic city-state has been ravaged by way of a protracted and bloody warfare with neighbouring Sparta. the hunt for scapegoats starts and Athens, liberty's beacon within the historic international, turns its sword by itself lifestyle. Civil conflict and masses bloodshed occur. Defining moments of Greek background, tradition, politics, faith and id are debated ferociously in Athenian board rooms, again streets and battlefields. by way of 323 BC, under a hundred years later, Athens and the remainder of Greece, let alone a wide a part of the identified international, has come lower than the regulate of an absolute monarch, a grasp of self-publicity and a version for despots for millennia to come back: 'megas alexandros', Alexander the nice. Michael Scott, Finley Fellow in old heritage at Darwin university, Cambridge, explores the dramatic and little-known tale of the way the traditional global was once grew to become on its head from Democratic Athens to King Alexander the nice during this really good instance of well known heritage writing. "From Democrats to Kings" additionally provides us a clean tackle the same demanding situations we are facing at the present time within the twenty first century - an international within which many democracies - previous and new - struggle for survival, during which war-time and peace-time became indistinguishable and within which the severity of the commercial predicament is just matched via a obstacle in our personal experience of self.

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The job went instead to Sir Edward Coke,* who would be Bacon’s bitter rival for the next three decades. With the accession of James I* Bacon’s political fortunes changed dramatically: knighted 26 FRANCIS BACON in 1603, he went on to hold posts as solicitor-general (1607), attorney general (1613), lord keeper of the great seal (1617), and lord chancellor (1618). But in the same year that he was made Viscount St. Albans (1621) he was imprisoned for bribery. Released three days later, he was fined some £40,000 and forbidden to hold public office.

In shades from direct to oblique his championing of Petrarch affected the phenomenon of English Petrarchism; at the direct end, Wyatt* paraphrased one of Bembo’s poems. Later, Bembo’s learning made a literal entrance to England when Sir Henry Wotton, the ambassador to Venice, purchased 38 PIETRO BEMBO a large portion of his library (1617–20), now mostly at Eton College. For ordinary Englishmen, however, undoubtedly the most vivid impression of Bembo comes from The Book of the Courtier in Hoby’s* translation, asserting the superiority of letters to arms and discoursing on platonic love even more eloquently than the real man had done.

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