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    DescriptionThe Classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens' government as the legitimizing ancestor of modern democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators throughout history have revealed much about their own notions of politics and society. In this book, Jennifer Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself through the twentieth century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and educational theory.


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    Title
    Athens on Trial
    Subtitle
    The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 428
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 625 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691029191
    ISBN 10: 0691029199
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPA, HPCA, JPHV
    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000, POL010000
    B&T Approval Code: A40362400
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Approval Code: A15205060
    DC21: 321.8609385
    DC22: 321.809385
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, JPHV, JPA
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    26 January 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "Roberts has given us an excellent study of [the Athenian] legacy...Athens on Trial deserves praise both for its conception and its execution."--Eric W. Robinson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "A first-rate intellectual and cultural history."--Stephen Goode, The Washington Times "Roberts ... writes with learning, wit, acerbity, profundity, and engagement on the vicissitudes of the idea [of democracy] in its supposedly original Athenian form."--Paul Cartledge, New Statesman & Society
    Back cover copy
    The classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens's government as the legitimizing ancestor of modern democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators throughout history have revealed much about their own notions of politics and society. In this book Jennifer Tolbert Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself through the twentieth century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and educational theory. Rooted in the bias of Greek intellectuals, Roberts argues, hostility to Athenian democracy gained strength from the propensity of Western thinkers to read history backward and infer the impotence of Athens's form of government from the Athenians' ultimate defeat by Macedon in 338 B.C. In time, dislike of Athenian government developed into a powerful intellectual construct that stood largely unchallenged until the early nineteenth century. In the epilogue, the author examines the controversies that continue to surround Athens in the present day.
    Table of contents
    Preface and Acknowledgments Pt. 1Classical Greece Ch. 2The Athenian Experiment Ch. 3The First Attacks on Athenian Democracy Ch. 4Democracy and the Philosophers Pt. 2Playing With the Past Ch. 5Roman Adaptations Ch. 6Recovering the Greeks Ch. 7Monarchists and Republicans Ch. 8The Debate over Athens and Sparta Ch. 9Athenian Democracy in the Age of Revolutions Ch. 10A Shift in the Sands Pt. 3Modern Transformations Ch. 11The Turning of the Tide Ch. 12Athenians and Others Ch. 13Epilogue: The Old and the New Notes Selected Bibliography Index