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In 1644, as Cromwell's Civil War was raging in England, the celebrated poet John Milton published his Areopagitica, a polemical tract arguing for the freedom of speech and an unlicensed press. The essay's title, “Areopagitica,” was derived from the name of a speech written by the ancient Greek orator Isocrates, Areopagitikos.Addressed to the Parliament of England, the Areopagitica draws on a number of classical and biblical sources to support Milton's cause for the freedom of the press. One of the most obvious examples that the author uses is that of the Areopagus, a judicial council which, in ancient times, had investigated corruption in Athens.In modern times, the Areopagitica is principally appreciated as a cornerstone in the argument of the freedom of speech. Milton himself had a personal stake in the argument, since he himself had been subject to censorship in his attempts to publish tracts defending divorce. The Parliament of England, which was overrun with Calvinist Presbyterians at the time, naturally sought to quiet Milton's views on divorce - an action that prompted his composition of the following essay, the Areopagitica.This edition is in the original English of Milton which, although a bit inconvenient for modern readers, nonetheless strikes us as singularly authentic. A modernized version is also available in our press, but, for those who wish to read this classic in the original English, the following edition will serve as the best and only more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 128.52 x 198.37 x 4.57mm | 131.54g
  • Createspace Independent Pub
  • English
  • 1507823576
  • 9781507823576