City State of the Greeks and Romans

City State of the Greeks and Romans

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...units, ten demes or townships; the demes in each tribe not being contiguous, but situated in different parts of Attica, so as to be wholly free from the old local traditions and influences. In these new tribes and demes he included every free Athenian, together with many residents in Attica and enfranchised slaves, who had never been inscribed on the registers of the old divisions. On the basis of this new local system the constitution was henceforward to be worked; for example, the Council was increased to 500, so that fifty were elected to it yearly-from each of the ten new tribes. If this new system were adhered to, oligarchy could never rear its head again, and tyranny would have but a poor chance. And surely we may see, in the loyal submission of the oligarchical party to this sweeping change, one more proof of the reasonable 1 The evidencebonnecting Pisistratus with the popular Dionysusworship at Athens will be found stated in Mr. Dyer's Gods in Greece, p. 125, note 3. ness of the Athenian people in all grades of social life. For the change was perhaps the most farreaching in all Athenian history. The tissue out of which the State had been created, --the clan village with its religious aristocracy, --was no longer to be essential to the State's vitality; it might survive, but its place was henceforth to be supplied by a new organisation, in which there would be no aristocratic centres to-influence the people's will. Thus finally delivered from oligarchic tutelage and faction, "united and penetrated with a single spirit," 1 Athens was ready to face her greatest trial. The reasonableness of her leaders, and the strength which unity had given her, enabled her to act as the real champion of Hellas against more

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