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Big Ideas - Full program podcast

ABC Radio National

Society & Culture, History

Big Ideas brings you the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world, casting light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues

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CBC Massey lecture 2: The Glory that was Greece

January 27th, 2015

Episode 96 of 501 episodes

The great general Pericles set the stage for this new idea in the world: democracy, and its necessary inhabitant, the citizen. Greek society was far from the democratic ideals of today. There were profound class restrictions around who could be a citizen, but many of the ideals of that time do hold true today. In her second CBC Massey lecture the former governor general of Canada elaborates about the values of democracy.

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