Daniel Unruh

Daniel Unruh holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario and just completed his PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge with a dissertation entitled "Talking to Tyrants: Interaction between Citizens and Monarchs in Classical Greek Thought".

Debt and disorder in Athens

Two and a half thousand years ago, Athens was in crisis. It was struck by a crisis of private debt. Not unlike today, the Athenians were looking for a saviour and found Solon. Daniel Unruh traces - partly through original translation of Solon's poetry - how he abolished debt-slaves, relieved all existing debts and established a system of universal vote. Who is going to be today's boundary stone between the rich and the poor, the honest and neutral broker who can bring the people together?