Babble Talks - Power and the People: Lessons We Can Learn from Ancient Democracy

Expert speakers give TED-style talks that take you beyond the baby chat

Wednesday    11:30–12:30

The Bedford  miles

Upstairs room with lift access. Bring a sling if possible!
77 Bedford Hill,
Balham , London
SW12 9HD
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0 months - 12 months

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Babble Talks are daytime TED-style talks for parents, not about parenting. For parents and carers with babies under 1 year old.

Power and the People: Lessons We Can Learn From Ancient Democracy

Democracy was born in Athens. From its founding myths to its golden age and its chaotic downfall, it's rich with lessons for our own times. Why did vital civic engagement and fair debate descend into populism and paralysis? Can we compare the demagogue Cleon to President Trump, the Athenian Empire to modern America, or the stubborn island of Melos to Brexit Britain? How did a second referendum save the Athenians from a bloodthirsty decision? Who were the last defenders of democracy in the changing, globalised world of the 4th Century BC, and how do we unconsciously echo them today?

Alev Scott was born in London and worked in Istanbul as a political journalist before moving to Athens, where she wrote "Power and the People" with the ancient historian Andronike Makres. Her previous books - "Turkish Awakening" and "Ottoman Odyssey" - deal with Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Her focus is the politics and history of the Mediterranean.


Booking info

Book through Happity up to one hour in advance of the event. Pay on the door, £12, subject to availability.


Siblings & Discounts

  • Book in advance
  • £10.00
  • Bundle – advance ticket plus EXPERT BABY vest
  • £20.00
  • Twin sibling + extra adult
  • £5.00

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