The French Revolution

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The French Revolution 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. Oligarchy is a form of government where a few wealthy people govern over all the others. Monarchy is a form of government where a king or queen rules by inheriting that particular title. Finally tyranny is where a tyrant like modern dictators rule over people illegitimately. Two of these three types of governments are well explained in Sophocles’ The Oedipus Cycle. This book contains three plays in which they depict the shift from monarchy to tyranny and finally democracy after m... ... middle of paper ... ...y 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. Bibliography: Aristophanes, and Plato. Four Texts on Socrates. Trans. Thomas G. West., and Grace Starry West. Ithaca, New York, 1988. Lualdi, Katherine J. Sources of The Making of The West, Peoples and Cultures. Vol 2. Boston, Ma.2001 Schama, Simon. Citzens. New York, Ny, 1989. Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle. Trans. Dudley Fitts., and Robert Fitzgerald. Orlando, Florida.1949. Thucydides, On Justice, Power and Human Nature. Trans. Paul Woodruff. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1993.

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