Democracy and Participation in Athens / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is concerned with the public aspects of the life of Athenian citizens in the period from c. 450 to 322 BC. Its central purpose is a critical assessment of the character and extent of citizens' participation in the running of the democracy. Professor Sinclair's analysis is made from the point of view of the individual citizen—his privileges and opportunities, his responsibilities, the rewards and the dangers of exploiting the opportunities available to him.

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"Democracy and Participation in Athens is a must read, especially today, where those who govern us do not enjoy the trust and support of the governed." Hellenic-Canadian Chronicles

"Sinclair...is to be congratulated for producing a consistently clear, well-argued, well-documented and balanced account which will retain its value for years." Polis

"...a lucid, well-organized discussion which deserves to become the standard introduction to the subject for both senior secondary and undergraduate students. It should be in the libraries of all schools which teach Ancient History..." Teaching History

"Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in the public life of Ancient Athens, particulary under the democracy. The present work makes still another important contribution through its successful handling of the theme of participation of citizens in the life of Athens in the period from the middle of the fifth century to 322 BC. Building upon the detailed work of many historians, accurately and clearly written, presented in a form accessible to a wide readership, and most impressively, moving freely over a wide range of evidence, Sinclair's book will greatly advance our understanding of this elusive but important topic." Ancient Philosophy

"A thorough, current, and clear explanation of the relationship between popular participation and Athenian democracy's historical development, organs, principles, and procedures, this work will be used extensively by both students and scholars." Donald G. Kyle, Classical World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521423892
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,019,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Maps; 1. The Athenian polis and the evolution of democracy; 2. The privileges and the opportunities of the citizen; 3. The responsibilities of the citizen; 4. The sovereignty of the Demos, officials and the Council; 5. Citizens and participation; 6. The hazards of leadership; 7. The rewards of leadership; 8. The critics of Athenian democracy; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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