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Areopagitica Milton's Areopagitica is named after Arepagite Discourse, which was directed to Athenian Court urging it to reclaim its former powers to control education and censor behavior, instead Milton writes about political liberalism.

Attributes are paid first God, second to our faithful guidance, lords and commons for Roman recovery in civil liberty. Praising has three principles: something worth praise, that the person is true to those who are praising him/her and the highest praising is not flattery but that this person can give you the best promise of his fidelity. In my opinion he then writes: It would only be right if one of their publishers were criticized by the public and not by other publishers or politicians and then they will see the difference between parliaments that are held every 3 years or reliance on advisors. This way they can see the pain authors go through when there criticized for their works.

Blasphemous and atheistic or libelous writings were the only writings Milton felt magistrate cared to take notice. He gives examples such as the books of Protagoras that were burnt because he did not know whether there were gods or not. But then Greece, Lycurgus their lawgiver had no licensing of books among them when they accepted books such as Andromache. This book had stories of socializing with nude women who were unchaste. The Romans also for many years trained to a military roughness but they were so unacquainted with other learning that when Carneades and Critolaus spoke of their philosophy were suspected for seducers by Cato the Censor. But in the same senate, Scipio honored the men and then later on Cato studied the philosophy. Then there was Naevius who was put in prison and then released by tribunes upon his recantation. By these examples it's...