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Exile, Ostracism, and Democracy The Politics of Expulsion in Ancient Greece

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ISBN-10: 0691119759

ISBN-13: 9780691119755

Edition: 2006

Authors: Sara Forsdyke

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This book explores the cultural and political significance of ostracism in democratic Athens. In contrast to previous interpretations, Sara Forsdyke argues that ostracism was primarily a symbolic institution whose meaning for the Athenians was determined both by past experiences of exile and by its role as a context for the ongoing negotiation of democratic values. The first part of the book demonstrates the strong connection between exile and political power in archaic Greece. In Athens and elsewhere, elites seized power by expelling their rivals. Violent intra-elite conflict of this sort was a highly unstable form of "politics that was only temporarily checked by various attempts at…    
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List price: $87.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.57" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction: Problems, Methods, Concepts
Setting the Stage: Intra-elite Conflict and the Early Greek Polis
Continuity and Change: Social Diversity in Dark Age Greece
The Eighth Century and the Rise of the Polis
The Politics of Exile and the Crisis of the Archaic Polis: Four Case Studies: Mytilene, Megara, Samos, and Corinth
Archaic Poetry and History: A Methodological Introduction
From Exile to Ostracism: The Origins of Democracy in Athens, circa 636-508/7
The Politics of Exile in Archaic Athens: Cylon, Draco, and the Trial of the Alcmenidae
The Beginnings of Change: Solon
A New Type of Politics: Pisistratus and Sons
An End to the Politics of Exile: Cleisthenes and the Democratic Revolution
Ostracism and Exile in Democratic Athens
The Procedure of Ostracism
Ostracism as a Symbolic Institution
Ostracisms in Fifth-Century Athens
Other Forms of Exile under the Athenian Democracy
Exile and the Oligarchic Revolutions of 411 and 404
Exile and Empire: Expulsion in Inter-State Politics
Athenian Control and Limitation of Exile: The Erythrae Decree
Further Regulation of Exile: The Chalcis Decree
A Judicial Decree?
Thucydides, Isocrates, and the Legitimacy of Athenian Power
Exile and the Tyrant City: A Critique of Athenian Power
Exile and the Mythical Past: The Defense of Athenian Power
Exile in the Greek Mythical and Historical Imagination
Myth, History, and Social Memory: Approaching the Greek Historical Imagination
Exile in the Democratic Tradition
Exile in the Anti-Democratic Tradition
The Date of the Athenian Law of Ostracism
Ostracism outside Athens
Exile in Spartan Myth and History
Index Locorum
General Index