A painting by Nicolas Poussin titled ‘The Athenian Plague’ shows people dying of the plague.
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A scholar of ancient Greek literature goes back to the account of Greek historian Thucydides on the spread of plague and finds parallels in the American response to the health crisis today.
The story can be traced back many centuries to a time of warfare between Christian European countries and the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
Firefighters and residents battle a blaze in hot, dry conditions in Athens, Greece, in August 2021.
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The Athens fires were a dangerous reflection of Atomist philosophies that see the world as exploitable, for sale and open to waste and abuse.
Colombo with the Port City development in the distance.
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In ancient Athens, only the richest people paid taxes on wealth, and they were happy to do it.
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In ancient Athens, the richest people paid taxes to support what the residents considered the salvation of the city. These taxes earned them social and political clout more valuable than money.
A steel engraving of the naval battle of Arginusae in 406 B.C.
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A historian of ancient Greece looks past a plague and explains how a massive government spending plan went badly awry 2,500 years ago.
Pericles Funeral Oration on the Greek 50 Drachmai 1955 Banknote.
Thucydides’ description of the plague that struck Athens in 430 BC is one of the great passages of Greek literature. It focusses on the social response, both of those who died and those who survived.
A scene from playwright Roy Williams’ modern adaptation of Antigone for the Pilot Theatre.
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A play written in the fifth century B.C. mirrors America’s current disunion: Political and moral views are framed in terms of a fight between patriot and traitor, law and conscience, and chaos and order.
The Parthenon is visible for miles around from the Acropolis (citadel) on which it stands.
The Parthenon has been seen as central to the history of Western civilisation. But the building has a troubled past that is somewhat at odds with our ideas of democratic values.
The fires tore through Mati, effectively sweeping it from the map.
The fires tearing through the Athens region are not an act of God, but a direct result of corruption and systematic disregard for the law.
President of Ontario Federation of Labour Chris Buckley addresses protesters outside a Tim Hortons Franchise in Toronto last week.
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A statue of Pericles outside Athens City Hall. Like Trump, Pericles used war to deflect from bad news.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to make China great again. US President Donald Trump has expressed similar hopes for his own country.
The comparison between ancient Athens and modern China, and Sparta and the US, through the Thucydides Trap, has its limitations.
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