Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources

Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources

Paperback Interpreting Ancient History

Edited by Eric W. Robinson

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  • Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 25mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631233946
  • ISBN 13: 9780631233947
  • Illustrations note: 2
  • Sales rank: 641,091

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This book invites readers to join in a fresh and extensive investigation of one of Ancient Greece's greatest inventions: democratic government. * Provides an accessible, up--to--date survey of vital issues in Greek democracy. * Covers democracy's origins, growth and essential nature. * Raises questions of continuing interest. * Combines ancient texts in translation and recent scholarly articles. * Invites the reader into a process of historical investigation. * Contains maps, a glossary and an index.

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Eric W. Robinson is Associate Professor of History and the Classics at Harvard University, where he has received the Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in teaching. He is the author of The First Democracies: Early Popular Government Outside Athens (1997). He has also co--edited with Vanessa Gorman Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham (2002).

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"This is a powerful volume that brings democracy into focus through connected readings that continuously widen the context of a readera s understanding." John Lewis, Bryn Mawr Classical "As a sourcebook and reader, this book works well: it is clearly signposted and is a sound introduction to ancient democracy." The Classical Review

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Democracy is one of the greatest inventions of the ancient Greeks. This book invites readers to investigate the phenomenon of ancient Greek democracy for themselves, from its earliest roots in the archaic period to its appearance and development in Athens. The book is comprised of six chapters, presenting questions of continuing interest and controversy. Each one encourages readers to engage with ancient texts in translation and to see how contemporary classical scholars have gained insights from them. Each can be used as a self-contained unit to explore a particular aspect of ancient democratic government. Taken as a whole, the book provides readers with an extensive overview of ancient Greek democracy and the current state of its study. For ease of use, the book contains maps, a glossary, and an index.

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Abbreviations. Map 1. Map 2. Ancient Greek Democracy: A Brief Introduction. 1. Prelude To Democracy: Political Thought In Early Greek Texts:. Introduction. Sources. Homer, Iliad I.1--305, 2.1--282. Homer, Odyssey 2.1--259. Hesiod, Theogony lines 81--97 And Works And Days lines 213--275. Readings. Homer And The Beginning Of Political Thought In Greece: Kurt A. Raaflaub. Commentary On Raaflaub: Lowell Edmunds. The Strong Principle Of Equality And The Archaic Origins Of Greek Democracy: Ian Morris. 2. The Beginnings Of The Athenian Democracy: Who Freed Athens?. Introduction. Sources. Aristotle, Ath. Pol. 5--12. Herodotus, 5.62--78. Thucydides, 6.53--59. Aristotle, Ath. Pol. 18--22. Aristotle, Politics 1275b34--39 And 1319b2--27. Archon List W/ Cleisthenes. Harmodius And Aristogeiton Drinking Song (Athenaeus 15.50, P. 695ab, With Scholion To Aristophanes Acharnians 980). Photo Of Harmodius/Aristogeiton Statue. Readings. The Athenian Revolution Of 508/7 Bc: Violence, Authority, And The Origins Of Democracy: Josiah Ober. Revolution Or Compromise? Loren J. Samons. 3. Popular Politics In Fifth--Century Syracuse:. Introduction. Sources. Thucydides, 6.34--36, 38--41. Aristotle, Politics 1315b35--9, 1316a30--4 And 1304a18--29. Diodorus, 11.67--68, 72--73, 76, 86--87. Readings. Sicily, 478--431 Bc.: David Asheri. Revolution And Society In Greek Sicily And Southern Italy: Shlomo Berger. Democracy In Syracuse, 466--412 Bc: Eric W. Robinson. 4. Liberty, Equality, and The Ideals Of Greek Democracy:. Introduction. Sources. Herodotus, 3.80--82. Euripides, Suppliant Women 346--57, 403--450. Thucydides, 2.36--41. Aristotle, Politics 1292b21--B34, 1317a40--1318a10. Plutarch, Pericles 4, 24, 31--32. Readings. Shares And Rights: 'Citizenship' Greek Style And American Style: Martin Ostwald. The Ancient Athenian And The Modern Liberal View Of Liberty As A Democratic Ideal: Mogens Herman Hansen. 5. Power And Rhetoric At Athens: Elite Leadership Vs. Popular Ideology:. Introduction. Sources. Thucydides, 2.65.1--11. Demosthenes 21, Against Meidias 1--8, 12--21, 42--50, 70--87, 95--99, 110--112, 123--131, 136--159, 193--197, 208--212, 219--227. Readings. Who Ran Democratic Athens? P. J. Rhodes. Demosthenes 21 (Against Meidias): Democratic Abuse: Peter J. Wilson. Power And Oratory In Democratic Athens: Demosthenes 21, Against Meidias: Josiah Ober. 6. Limiting Democracy: The Political Exclusion of Women And Slaves:. Introduction. Sources. Ps--Xenophon, Constitution Of The Athenians 1; 4--8.1; 10--12. Thucydides, 2.44--6. Aristophanes, Assemblywomen, lines 57--244, 427--476, 877--889, 938--1056. Aristotle Politics 1253b1--33, 54a10--24, B7--15, 59a37--B4 1274b32--1275a34, B19--23 1319b2--32. Readings. The Economics And Politics Of Slavery At Athens: Robin Osborne. Women And Democracy In Fourth--Century Athens: Michael Jameson. Women And Democracy In Ancient Greece: Marilyn Katz. Glossary of Greek Names and Terms. Index.