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Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources

Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources

Eric W. Robinson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-23394-7

Aug 2003, Wiley-Blackwell

344 pages

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$64.95

Description

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.
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.

"This is a powerful volume that brings democracy into focus through connected readings that continuously widen the context of a reader's understanding." John Lewis, Bryn Mawr Classical <!--end-->

"As a sourcebook and reader, this book works well: it is clearly signposted and is a sound introduction to ancient democracy." The Classical Review


  • 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.