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#126 A person from the past I would like to meet

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    I would like to meet the people who built the pyramids in Egypt, as this topic is still shrouded in mystery.

    Researchers are still considering why they were built and how. These questions have remained unclear.

    Generally speaking, it’s believed that they‘re the grave stones of influential people, because tombs were found inside them.
    If it’s true, people responsible for building the pyramids would be someone who had overwhelming power!
    This is because, they made many slaves build these giant pyramid-shaped structures.

    According to the net, one pyramid consists of 2.3 million blocks of stone and one block weigh in average of 2.5 tons. It’s huge!
    Additionally it had taken roughly 20 years to build. It’s surprising!
    It’s calculated that they lay one block per 2 minutes every day, or they lay blocks in 300 places simultaneously.

    That seems to be an impossible amount of work for humans so perhaps it was built by aliens or the aliens taught humans how to build them.

    Anyway, I’m very interested in it!

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    Very insightful descriptions of past discoveries and a great historical tone that captures the romanticism of the origin of these ancient giants and subsequent conspiracy theories that have appeared as possible explanations of their construction – nice work!

    Abundant lingual variation ensures that your essay stays fresh and dynamic.

    Here’s my variation of a response to this topic:

    Were it possible, I would seek an audience with Cleisthenes, an Athenian from a noble family in ancient Greece whose efforts in altering the constitution of Athens during that time to put it onto a democratic path have earned him the title of “the father of Athenian democracy” from historians.

    Of course despite the fact that Cleisthenes’ version of democracy placed restrictions on voting rights of those who were not considered citizens, which included women, slaves, non-landowners, foreigners and males under the age of 20, thereby highlighting it as an entity which contradicts with modern democracy, it nevertheless ensured the right to vote and determine politics and decision making on a governmental level.

    This was a wide step away from the previous forms of government which relied on the rule of a monarch to dictate the political course of a particular country.
    Thinking that was so progressive for its time elicits an interest about the person who exhibited it in me.

    In terms of specific questions that I would want to ask this person, I would like to know how he first began to think about a form of government which was so unconvential and unlike preceding methods of ruling. It fascinates me to think that someone with such untraditional visions of future government actually seemed to have a clear plan or course of action for realizing these visions.

    Did Cleisthenes know he would succeed in reforming Athenian governance? What obstacles did he encounter in his path and did he ever become discouraged by them?

    Additionally, I would ask him if he ever predicted that modern democracy would turn out the way it has and whether the current model is in accordance with his original intentions.

    Perhaps even today this man may offer some insight into further improving our systems of government so that they too may become historic milestones lauded by future generations.
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