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"In democracies, of the more extreme type there has arisen a false idea of freedom which is contradictory to the true interests of the state. For two principles are characteristic of democracy, the government of the majority and freedom. Men think that what is just is equal; and that equality is the supremacy of the popular will; and that freedom means the doing what a man likes. In such democracies everyone lives as he pleases...But this is all wrong; men should not think it slavery to live according to the rule of the constitution; for itis their salvation."--Aristotle on the importance of the constitution in a democracy. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1950 Edgar Miller Born: Idaho Falls, Idaho 1899 Died: 1993 tempera on plaster 34 3/8 x 29 5/8 in. (87.3 x 75.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.214 Not currently on view


Allegory - civic - democracy

Dress - historic - classical dress

Figure group - male

Occupation - education - philosopher

Portrait male - Aristotle


paint - tempera


About Edgar Miller

Born: Idaho Falls, Idaho 1899 Died: 1993

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