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    DescriptionIn these interconnected essays the late Geoffrey de Ste. Croix defends the institutions of the Athenian democracy, showing that they were much more practical, rational, and impartial than has usually been acknowledged. A major essay provides a new view of Aristotle's use of sources in The Constitution of the Athenians, on which so much of our knowledge of Athenian constitutional history depends. Ste. Croix also argues that commercial factors had much less influence on Greek politics than modern scholars tend to assume, and that there was no such thing in any Greek state as a 'commercial aristocracy'. As always, he works out these general positions with the utmost lucidity and pungency, and in meticulous detail. Though written in the 1960s, these hitherto unpublished essays by a great radical historian will still constitute a major contribution to contemporary debate. The editors and other specialists have supplied an updating Afterword to each chapter, and the book contains a thorough index.


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    Title
    Athenian Democratic Origins
    Subtitle
    And Other Essays
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey de Ste. Croix, Volume editor David Harvey, Volume editor Robert Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 472
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 647 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199255177
    ISBN 10: 0199255172
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: JPHV
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: POL003000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 320.4385
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JPHV, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    27 May 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Geoffrey de Ste. Croix was Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford from 1953 until 1977. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1972. He published Origins of the Peloponnesian War in 1972 and The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World in 1981; the latter book was translated into Spanish and Greek, and won the Isaac Deutscher Memorial prize for 1982.
    Review quote
    ... an unusual book on every level ... Here then are missing pieces of two interconnected jigsaws: one, that of the intellectual biography of one of the most striking figures in classical scholarship in the second half of the twentieth-century; the other, that of his contributions to 'Athenian Democratic Origins' and other problems in Greek history ... anyone with a serious interest in either or both of these fields will rejoice in this volume and be grateful to its editors for allowing us to hear again the inimitable scholarly voice of Geoffrey Ernest Maurice de Ste. Croix. Bryn Mawr Classical Review ... no serious reader, converted or not, could emerge unimpressed by the sheer command of evidence and calibre of argument on display here. The jewel of the volume. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (on Chapter 1)
    Table of contents
    Editors' Introduction ; 1. The Solonian Census Classes and the Qualifications for Cavalry and Hoplite Service ; 2. Five Notes on Solon's Constitution ; 3. Solon, the Horoi and the Hektemoroi ; 4. Cleisthenes I: The Constitution ; 5. Cleisthenes II: Ostracism, Archons, and Strategoi ; 6. The Athenian Citizenship Laws ; 7. Aristotle's Athenaion Politeia and Early Athenian History ; 8. The Metra in Aristotle, Eth. Nic. V.vii.1134b 35-35a3 ; 9. How Far was Trade a Cause of Early Greek Colonization? ; 10. But What About Aegina? ; 11. Herodotus and King Cleomenes of Sparta ; Index