Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attika

Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attika

Hardback Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists

By (author) Robin Osborne, Series edited by R. L. Hunter, Series edited by R. G. Osborne, Series edited by M. D. Reeve, Series edited by Peter Garnsey, Series edited by M. Millett, Series edited by D. N. Sedley, Series edited by G. C. Horrocks


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  • Format: Hardback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 21mm | 562g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521267765
  • ISBN 13: 9780521267762
  • Illustrations note: 12 b/w illus. 10 maps 9 tables

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Demos is a study of a classical city-state. It is the first attempt to provide an integrated account which gives due attention to the countryside as well as the urban areas of a polis. Concentrating on classical Athens, for which the literary and archaeological evidence is richest, Dr Osborne establishes the nature of settlement in the countryside and explores how this relates to the farming of the land, the exploitation of mineral resources, and the nature of political participation in both local and central politics. Further studies reveal the way in which the countryside was structured by religious institutions and cults and by the nature of the family.

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Table of contents

List of maps; List of plates; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The polis and its politai; Part I. The Central Thesis: 2. The pattern of settlement of classical Attika; 3. The pattern of land-holding in classical Attika; 4. Demes and democracy: local politics and the politics of locality; 5. Athenian stone resources and their exploitation; 6. Patterns of exploitation in the Athenian silver mines; 7. Kinsmen and neighbours, choosing and using; 8. The religious factor: confirmation or alternative?; Conclusion; 9. The replacement of Athens; Appendices; Plates; Notes; Index of passages cited; General index.