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Progress, idea of
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A. Definition

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 [1] 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: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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