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Old 01-15-2013, 06:36 AM
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The word democracy was born in Greece, but not democracy. In ancient Greece, there was slavery, and the woman was regarded as an object, she had no opinion and could not participated in public affairs.
Hi Beltraneja! I saw your post just now and thus I apologise for the late reply. I will go off topic, but I really need to clarify a few points. A common mistake is to judge these ancient times through a Christian prism. It is not your fault, 90% of what is written about ancient Greece and its values is filtered through a Christian angle, unfortunately. It is sad that most academicians were/are not able to approach that era sufficiently and with an open-mind. Friedrich Nietzsche was a brilliant exception and also Goethe has some great hints in his work, AFAIK.

That being said, I have to emphasize a few points here: 'Slavery' in A.G. was a complicated matter. Their status even differed from city-state to city-state, thus I'm not going to elaborate on this. I will only point out that the Greek lords did not treat their slaves badly or unfairly, they did not punish them, they did not torture them and a slave had the right to take his lord to the court if he felt that he was treated unfairly. Perhaps we shouldn't even call it 'slavery', these people were rather servants and were treated with respect in most cases. An example could be the pedagogue, a slave that held a special position, who accompanied his lord's son(s) to the school, back and forth. The pedagogue had the right to advise and even admonish the children or hit them occasionally with the pandybat he was carrying. As you can see, 'slavery' in A.G. had nothing to do with slavery in other parts of the ancient world or in medieval Europe or in the US.

Regarding the position of women, your wording alone indicates confusion. The word 'object' came up in history during the prevalence of christianity in Europe ('res' in Latin). In Athens and other cities, women were seen as the Ladies of the House. It was a cultural thing, in other words. Their priorities and business were different than those of the men, they cared about their household, their children and themselves (their appearance, for example). Women really shouldn't worry about anything else. Once again, they were NOT treated badly by their men, but with full respect as spouses and mothers of their children. They could appear in public, but accompanied by men, usually by an important slave, like the pedagogue. Propriety and modesty were the keys. In Sparta women were free to exercise and even participate in some public affairs. Again, their status differed from city-state to city-state.

I will even dare say that, if the ancient Greek values were thoroughly understood and finally prevailed upon Europe against the Christian dogma and values, we would never reach such a sad point. One can find hundreds of historical books on these matters out there, but not all of the authors have captured the quintessence of the ancient Greek world, their notion and values.

Regarding the restoration of the monarchy in modern Greece, this is out of the question, as I had said. I will only state that I agree with the posters above, and particularly with NotHRH and Artemisia.
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Is Greece the Last European Country to date to abolish it monarchy in Europe?

Also to reply to what someone said on the first page, It is sad to see when it a Country loses it monarchy and the Family loses the throne but it depends on the country and why it being abolished.

Some countries are better without it.
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Its too bad that power tripping is so divisive. In a modern monarchy, there is a recognition that the exercise of power for longterm stability should be a muted expression.

I would like to know what circumstances exactly brought about the downfall of the current ex-king.

It seems that the first king (of Danish origin) knew his leadership was of a tenuous nature, and went to great lengths to learn about his new country, and had an outstandingly successful result. His reign seems to have run into problems, because he was shot. Why ?
The King of the Hellenes sworn in militants to government as his ministers and prime-minister, after a coup d'etat, having as a result many men to be excilled to dry islands and be made to suffer torture for their own values. The notorious dictator proclaimed himself "President of the Republic" after the King had been scared off into excille. The downfall of the junta concluded a referendum on keeping of the monarchy which failed.
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Given the economic turmoil that Greece is in I believe a restoration of the Monarchy in Greece is far from the thoughts of the ordinary citizens!

A restoration of the Greek Monarchy is about as likely as the Irish Republic becoming one.
The thing is that,for most Greeks, the decades after 1974 have been the best years Greece has ever seen (this has of course stopped now but that's a very long and painful discussion ). And I am not just talking about money here - political stability was established , society became more free and open minded and less judging, the immigration declined etc. In short , Monarchy on the other hand , is considered as part of " the pre-1974 Greece " history, which is viewed as a "worse Greece" than the one we have today. Restoration is more or less considered as turning back the clock to worse days even by Greeks who do not have strong feelings for the royals.
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