In what sense, or whether, the idea of progress existed in the ancient world has been the subject of dispute since the 19th cent. [1. XI-XXXIII]. More recent attempts to demonstrate the existence of such an ancient concept  have not been entirely successful; it depends largely on how progress is defined. A definition must inevitably be based on a modern-era perspective, reflecting how progress was seen in the late …
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Nippel, Wilfried (Berlin),
“Progress, idea of”, in:
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