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Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People

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ISBN-10: 0691028648

ISBN-13: 9780691028644

Edition: 1989 (Reprint)

Authors: Josiah Ober

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This book asks an important question often ignored by ancient historians and political scientists alike: Why did Athenian democracy work as well and for as long as it did? Josiah Ober seeks the answer by analyzing the sociology of Athenian politics and the nature of communication between elite and nonelite citizens. After a preliminary survey of the development of the Athenian "constitution," he focuses on the role of political and legal rhetoric. As jurymen and Assemblymen, the citizen masses of Athens retained important powers, and elite Athenian politicians and litigants needed to address these large bodies of ordinary citizens in terms understandable and acceptable to the audience. This…    
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/29/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.13" long x 1.14" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English