- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- 1 Questioning the Democratic, and Democratic Questioning
- 2 Against the ‘Democratic Turn’
- 3 The Divided Legacy of <i>Politikon</i>
- 4 A Democratic Turn in the Reception of the Roman–Dutch Law of Treason in South Africa?
- 5 Labour and the Classics
- 6 Appropriations of Cicero and Cato in the Making of American Civic Identity
- 7 Classics as a Weapon
- 8 Civilization and Savagery at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
- 9 The Expansion of Tragedy as Critique<sup>1</sup>
- 10 Investigating American Women’s Engagements with Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and Expanding the Circle of Classicists
- 11 The Democratic Turn in (and through) Pedagogy
- 12 Classics in West African Education
- 13 Back to the <i>Demos</i>
- 14 Can ‘Democratic’ Modern Stagings of Ancient Drama be ‘Authentic’?
- 15 Demotic Power to the People
- 16 Aristophanic Performance as an All-inclusive Event
- 17 Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance
- 18 <i>The Silence of Eurydice</i>
- 19 Ovidian Metamorphoses in the Fiction of A. S. Byatt
- 20 Catullus and Lesbia Translated in Women’s Historical Novels
- 21 Female Voices
- 22 Heroes or Villains
- 23 Democracy and Popular Media
- 24 Practising Classical Reception Studies ‘in the Round’
- 25 In Search of Ancient Myths
- 26 Truth, Justice, and the Spartan Way
- 27 A ‘Democratic Turn’ at the Ashmolean Museum
- 28 All Mod Cons? Power, Openness, and Text in the Digital Turn
Labour and the Classics
Labour and the Classics
Plato and Crossman in Dialogue
- (p.62) (p.63) 5 Labour and the Classics
- Classics in the Modern World
- Oxford University Press
The broad question behind this chapter is: Did the collective classical hinterland behind some members of the Labour Movement in Britain bear on its progressive, democratic, even radical edge in the mid-twentieth century? The narrower, prosopographical question addressed by this chapter is: How did Richard Crossman’s popular writings and radio broadcasts on Plato and Socrates, especially his Plato Today, first published in 1937, play into such radicalism? The answer will expatiate on the book’s stated ambition of re-establishing democracy on a sounder conceptual and historical basis, against the looming spectres of fascism and communism. Observing that the book does so by arranging a collision between Plato and British democracy, which exposes the liabilities of both, the argument here is that the book projects an alternative, radical democracy that is at once socialist and Socratic, and fitted for war, then peace.
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