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John Milton Publishes Areopagitica (1644)

Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, Milton, a 17th-century English poet, was also a writer of several political and moral pamphlets. More than two decades before his poetic masterpiece was published, Milton wrote Areopagitica, his best known prose work. One of the great arguments in favor of the freedom of the press, it was published in 1644 in response to his dissatisfaction with the strict censorship of the press exercised by Parliament. For what is the pamphlet named? More...
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Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemical tract by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship. Areopagitica is among history's most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression.

Today, Areopagitica is regarded as one of the most eloquent defenses of press freedom ever written – and as one of the most influential, because many of its expressed principles have formed the basis for modern justifications.
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Milton was an ideal writer to respond to Parliament’s order. A brilliant student at St. Paul’s School in London and at Cambridge University, Milton read Greek, Latin, and Hebrew and was steeped in the Bible and the Greek and Roman classics. Urged to reply to Parliament, Milton published Areopagitica without official approval, in November, 1644. His tract’s title refers to a speech known as “Logos aeropagitikos” that the ancient Athenian Isocrates addressed to Athens’ governing council. This council, drawn from ordinary citizens, had reduced the power of the Areopagus, a council of elders named for the Athenian hill on which it met. Milton’s essay did not take Parliament to be the Areopagic council; rather, the Areopagus was the English people, whose powers had been diminished by the censorship order.
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We could use his skill, right now! Pray

The "news" in this country is a joke - a rather bad and tasteless one, at that.

This is my only now.
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Milton as a convinced republican, was deeply distressed by the restoration of monarchy in England.
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