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Understanding Democracy through Ancient Tragedy
6 November 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+2
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In antiquity there was a close, causal connection between Democracy and Tragedy. Art has always been a convenient way to convey messages and ideas about important issues that concerned the people and are still troubling today. In this particular video, a theatrical action based on the Iketides of Aeschylus will be presented, where the concept of democracy and the power of the people in political society is captured through the ancient tragedy. More specifically, in Iketides, the central question is:
Who rules? the monarch? the few or the commons (the totality of free citizens)? The democratic Aeschylus conveys messages in the garb of a tragic myth, puts forward the city as the final judge and the weighty decision-making centre. The critical decisions concerning political society must be taken by all free citizens and not by one or a few, however high the latter may be in the hierarchy of power.
Through the ancient tragedy we observe how an ancient democratic society functioned, also acting as an example for modern societies.