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Athenian Democracy

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ISBN-10: 0195221400

ISBN-13: 9780195221404

Edition: 2004

Authors: P. J. Rhodes, P. J. Rhodes

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Athens' democracy developed during the sixth and fifth centuries and continued into the fourth; Athens' defeat by Macedon in 322 began a series of alternations between democracy and oligarchy. The democracy was inseparably bound up with the ideals of liberty and equality, the rule of law, and the direct government of the people by the people. Liberty means above all freedom of speech, the right to be heard in the public assembly and the right to speak one's mind in private. Equality meant the equal right of male citizens (perhaps 60,000 in the fifth century, 30,000 in the fourth) to participate in the government of the state and the administration of the law. Disapproved of as a mob rule until the nineteenth century, the institutions of Athenian democracy have become an inspiration for modern democratic politics and political philosophy. P. J. Rhodes's reader focuses on the political institutions, political activity, history, and nature of Athenian democracy and introduces some of the best British, American, German, and French scholarship on its origins, theory, and practice. Part I is devoted to political institutions: citizenship, the assembly, the law-courts, and capital punishment. Part II explores aspects of political activity: the demagogues and their relationship with the assembly, the maneuverings of the politicians, competitive festivals, and the separation of public from private life. Part III looks at three crucial points in the development of the democracy: the reforms of Solon, Cleisthenes, and Ephialtes. Part IV considers what it was in Greek life that led to the development of democracy. Some of the authors adopt broad-brush approaches to major questions; others analyze a particular body of evidence in detail. Use is made of archeology, comparison with other societies, the location of festivals in their civic context, and the need to penetrate behind what the classical Athenians made of their past.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Political Institutions
Athenian Citizenship: The Descent Group and the Alternatives
How Did the Athenian Ecclesia Vote?
Aristotle, the Kleroteria, and the Courts
Jury Pay and Assembly Pay at Athens
Capital Punishment
Political Activity
Athenian Demagogues
Political Activity in Classical Athens
Competitive Festivals and the Polis: A Context for Dramatic Festivals at Athens
Public and Private Interests in Classical Athens
Moments in History
How a Political Myth Takes Shape: Solon, 'Founding Father' of the Athenian Democracy
The Athenian Revolution of 508/7 BC: Violence, Authority and the Origins
Cleisthenes and Attica
Ephialtes, Eisangelia, and the Council
A View of Democracy
The Greeks: The Political Revolution in World History
Intellectual Chronology
Guide to Further Reading