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Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece

ISBN-10: 0520258096

ISBN-13: 9780520258099

Edition: 2008

Authors: Kurt A. Raaflaub, Josiah Ober, Robert Wallace, Paul Cartledge, Cynthia Farrar

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This book presents a state-of-the-art debate about the origins of Athenian democracy by five eminent scholars. The result is a stimulating, critical exploration and interpretation of the extant evidence on this intriguing and important topic. The authors address such questions as: Why was democracy first realized in ancient Greece? Was democracy "invented" or did it evolve over a long period of time? What were the conditions for democracy, the social and political foundations that made this development possible? And what factors turned the possibility of democracy into necessity and reality? The authors first examine the conditions in early Greek society that encouraged equality and "people's power." They then scrutinize, in their social and political contexts, three crucial points in the evolution of democracy: the reforms connected with the names of Solon, Cleisthenes, and Ephialtes in the early and late sixth and mid-fifth century. Finally, an ancient historian and a political scientist review the arguments presented in the previous chapters and add their own perspectives, asking what lessons we can draw today from the ancient democratic experience. Designed for a general readership as well as students and scholars, the book intends to provoke discussion by presenting side by side the evidence and arguments that support various explanations of the origins of democracy, thus enabling readers to join in the debate and draw their own conclusions.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

About the Authors
Chronology of Events
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
"People's Power" and Egalitarian Trends in Archaic Greece
Revolutions and a New Order in Solonian Athens and Archaic Greece
"I Besieged That Man": Democracy's Revolutionary Start
The Breakthrough of Demokratia in Mid-Fifth-Century Athens
Democracy, Origins of: Contribution to a Debate
Power to the People
Bibliography
Index of Primary Sources
General Index