Athenian Democratic Origins: And Other Essays

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This is a defense of the Athenian democracy by a great radical historian. Geoffrey de Ste. Croix shows how even its oddest features made sense, and illustrates the different factors influencing Athenian politics—for instance, trade and commercial interests mattered very little. Though written in the 1960s, these hitherto unpublished essays remain fresh and innovative.

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Overview

This is a defense of the Athenian democracy by a great radical historian. Geoffrey de Ste. Croix shows how even its oddest features made sense, and illustrates the different factors influencing Athenian politics—for instance, trade and commercial interests mattered very little. Though written in the 1960s, these hitherto unpublished essays remain fresh and innovative.

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"No serious reader, converted or not, could emerge unimpressed by the sheer command of evidence and calibre of argument on display here."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199255177
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2004
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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

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