|Solon, lawgiver of the Athenians|
δημοκρατία [dēmokratía] was not in Greek a word of approval but was nearly equivalent to 'mob-rule'; and he [Mr Eden] neglected to note that Greek Philosophers – and far more is Greece the home of philosophy – did not approve of it. And the great Greek states, esp. Athens at the time of its high an and power, were rather Dictatorships, if they were not military monarchies like Sparta! And modern Greece has as little connexion with ancient Hellas as we have with Britain before Julius Agricola."
(J.R.R. Tolkien, letter #94, 1944)