Quote of the day, July 19

Paul Cartledge, on democracy (from Democracy: A Life)

“Historians, in other words, make it up; they make history by reconstructing the past or rather a past, their version of the past, in and for the present (and, it is hoped, for the future). But they do so, or should do so, strictly and ultimately on the basis of authentic testimony from, or bearing witness to, the times about which they write rather than those in and for which they write.”

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