„man is by nature designed to live in the polis, the highest form of koinonia, community; that is man's end or goal if he achieves the full potentiality of his nature.“

—  Moses Israel Finley, Chapter 3, Democracy, Consensus and National Interest, p. 90
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storico e etnologo statunitense 1912 - 1986
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