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Democracy opens in 490 B.C., with Athens at war. The hero of the story, Leander, is trying to rouse his comrades for the morrow's battle against a far mightier enemy, and begins to recount his own life, having borne direct witness to the evils of the old tyrannical regimes and to the emergence of a new political system. The tale that emerges is one of daring, danger, and big ideas, of the death of the gods and the tortuous birth of democracy. We see that democracy originated through a combination of chance and historical contingency--but also through the cunning, courage, and willful action of a group of remarkably talented and driven individuals.--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, ©2015
ISBN: 9781608197194
Branch Call Number: 321.8 PAP 2015
Characteristics: 236 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kawa, Abraham


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Mark_Daly Jan 05, 2017

Not an academic treatise, but a dramatization: this graphic novel depicts the historical origin of Athenian democracy in fictional form, as incidents in the life of a young apprentice who became caught up in the tumultuous events. It's gripping, but readers will be better prepared for the drama if they first read up on the real-life events that led to the new form of government.

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