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Aristotle and gun control

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Ted K., Dec 23, 2012.

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  1. Ted K.

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    I am an occasional student of ancient Greek history, and last night, while reading Aristotle’s “The Athenian Constitution”, I was startled to read the passage quoted below, which appears in a section relating to the era of Pisistratus, a ruler of Athens.


    “He effected the disarmament of the people in the following manner. He ordered a parade in full armour in the Theseum, and began to make a speech to the people. He spoke for a short time, until the people called out that they could not hear him, whereupon he bade them come up to the entrance of the Acropolis, in order that his voice might be better heard. Then, while he continued to speak to them at great length, men whom he had appointed for the purpose collected the arms and locked them up in the chambers of the Theseum hard by, and came and made a signal to him that it was done. Pisistratus accordingly, when he had finished the rest of what he had to say, told the people also what had happened to their arms; adding that they were not to be surprised or alarmed, but go home and attend to their private affairs, while he would himself for the future manage all the business of the state.”

    I want to emphasize that this is quoted verbatim from Sir Frederic Kenyon‘s translation of Aristotle’s work. Nothing has been added, deleted or changed.



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    What - no comment on the fact that gun (or sword) control has been an issue for 2500 years?

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    History repeats itself and dictators or shall we say dictators with narcisistic tendencies come and go. But oh what grief they bring. Scott
     
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