Superb, high-minded, article by Kagan for the AEI arguing that the Athenian example provides crucial lessons in the qualities needed for the foundation of a successful democracy. The entire piece is so worth reading that I'm going to avoid citing any particular section. However, I would add that its lessons aren't just important to new democracies but essential to continuing the stability of the Western democratic states as well.
The section discussing the Greek understanding of mortality and the imperative that created for glory is very interesting. This sense of glory, enshrined in the story of Tellus, is, perhaps, what I was getting at but failing to define, as Gracchi was right to note in the comments, in my discussion of pre-birth insurance and why I find the Rawlsian position small minded.
Do take a read.