Chandri MacLeod (chandri) wrote,
Chandri MacLeod
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"Fix your eyes every day on the greatness of Athens..."

"In 510 BCE, under the leadership of Cleisthenes, Athens adopted a democratic system in which all citizens were expected to vote, serve in public office, and offer themselves as jurors. Active participation in political affairs was demanded, and one who shunned such responsibility was called idiotes, or 'private person'; the word has come down to us as 'idiot', with all its pejorative connotations."

*snicker*
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