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Some key points in French Revolution and why it is similar to Ancient Greece

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Hawra Darwash A210466 Abstract: This essay intends to draw on the much similarity between the French Revolution and the age of antiquity, more specific Ancient Greece. We shall compare dominant figures of both the French Revolution and Ancient Greece by using examples from writings from both ancient literature and contemporary and giving direct examples to support the ideas in this essay. Furthermore, this essay will discuss how similar the emergence of democracy in Ancient Greece is to the emergence of it in the French Revolution. The French Revolution was the first modern revolution in history. It is one of the most studied times in history. Many questions are asked about how, when, and why this great revolution started. This essay will explain the reasons for it starting by comparing this time of history to Ancient Greece. First, the essay will outline the government structure in Ancient Greece before democracy and after democracy and thereafter the essay will outline some key points in French Revolution and why it is similar to Ancient Greece. In Ancient Greece before the Persian Wars, there were three forms of governments: Oligarchy, tyranny, and monarchy. ...read more.

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Furthermore, France and the rest of Europe really did not appreciate true democracy until after the two wars of the 20th century. Before the French Revolution there existed a time called the Enlightenment. This time of history contained great thinkers. These great thinkers like Voltaire and Rousseau started questioning everything about their societies from religion to governments. Of course you easily compare this to the time in Ancient Greece where Socrates also criticized everything there was about the society in which he lived in. Moreover, one can compare Socrates thinkery to the salons much visited by Voltaire and Rousseau during the Enlightenment. Socrates in Plato's Apology criticized his fellow citizens and believed that one should always question everything or else that one person is not and will not be virtuous. I was affected something like this It seemed to me that this man Seemed to be wise both to many Other human beings and most Of all himself, but that he was not. And then I tried to show him That supposed he was wise, but he was not. (Plato, 4th century, 70) ...read more.

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In the play, Sterpsiades a highly in-debited man wants to learn how to dissuade the creditors from seizing his assets by speech. Sterpsiades illustrates this point early on in the play. That is thinkery of wise souls .In There dwell men who by speaking Persuade one that the heaven is a Stove and that it is around us, and We are charcoals. If someone gives Money they teach him how to win both Just and unjust causes by speaking. ( Aristophanes,421 BCE) This character is speaking of how important to learn how to speak eloquently and to persuade. During the Estates General meeting Robespierre a young lawyer at the time who later becomes a dominant figure of the Terror broke down during his speech in order to enhance his point. There are many similarities between Ancient Greece and the French Revolution , however the essay touches upon a few points that are believed to be vital in comparing this point. The French Revolution killed the old regime and brought many other concepts to Europe and even people that had nothing became something like Napoleon. However, it is always important to look to the past in order to achieve something in the future. ...read more.

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